A YouTube video that a young mother has created about her blind baby boy and his rare cleft palate condition has spread virally, racking up some 7 million views and delivering hundreds of personal messages of support to her Facebook and email inboxes.
In the short home made video the 25-year-old mother describes the struggles she and her husband face, with constant stares and whispers in public from strangers when they see her son. But she also tells of the triumph of witnessing 14-month-old Christian’s giggles when people interact with him and how she knows that she did the right thing in not aborting him. She describes him as her miracle baby.
She made the video about their struggle because she wanted her son to grow up knowing he is important and knowing he has value, despite the way that he looks.
‘I’m thrilled that Christian is becoming a face and a voice for this, that beauty is so much deeper than what you look like.’ she says.
You can watch the seven minute video here.
Posted by Philippa Taylor
CMF Head of Public Policy