Toddler With Down Syndrome Sings ‘You Are My Sunshine’ With His Sister and Everyone Is Crying

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Lydia singing 'You Are My Sunshine' with Bo. Courtesy Amanda Bowman Gray/Facebook

Grab a tissue — or the entire box. A tearjerker video of a 2-year-old boy named Bo singing “You Are My Sunshine” with his big sister has gone massively viral with nearly one million shares on Facebook. 

Bo has Down syndrome and his mother Amanda Bowman Grey was told by doctors that he might not speak until at least age 3. But the toddler — with 12 word vocabulary — is proving medical experts wrong with the help of music therapy.

My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower. Came out to this. If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go to. It’s proof that music therapy works. Bo is 25 months old and has a 12 word vocabulary. Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.

Posted by Amanda Bowman Gray on Monday, January 15, 2018

“My daughter Lydia was watching Bo while I was in the shower,” Bowman Grey began in a post earlier this month. “Came out to this. If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him. This is her go to. It’s proof that music therapy works . . . Every word he has learned has been through music and singing.”

In the video, that has been viewed more than 37 million times, a smiling Bo and Lydia, 11, perform an adorable duet with a special appearance by their 3-year-old brother, Hunter. (Bowman Gray and her musician Caleb Grey are also parents of Thomas, 15, and William, 13.)

(I am reposting this for my Down Syndrome Support for Mommies. It is the backstory to “You are my sunshine” for Bo)I just posted a video here below on this page of my daughter Lydia singing “You are my sunshine” to my special DS baby Bo who is 25 months old. I’ve noticed that a lot of your mom is come relate to this song so I wanted to give you the backstory to that post. In that post I mentioned that he has learned all of his 12 words through music therapy. My husband and I are musicians. When Bo went in for his heart surgery it ended up going downhill really fast really bad. He was one of the sickest children on the West Coast for a few weeks. He was ECMO BYPASS For way too long. After weeks and weeks (which ended up in months) of being in the hospital in a silent room of the CICU we got special permission to bring a guitar in and sing to him in hopes that it would comfort him as they believed that he could still hear us even though he couldn’t physically respond. He was touch and go at this point. What most people didn’t know is that my husband and I started practicing the song “You are my sunshine” a month before he had his surgery because we were wanting to perform some tight harmonies at our gigs. At night we would practice and sing this song while he was in my arms. It was very much routine before his surgery. So Caleb my husband brought the Guitar in and we had one of the nurses record this. This was the first time that he moved as he reacted to the familiarity of the song and our voices. He was so heavily sedated and wouldn't respond. From then on this has become his theme song. We are firm believers in music therapy! By the way the blessing that has come out of this besides the fact that he survived after crashing in the CICU was that he is on two international studies for life because he should’ve never survived what his little body had gone through. He mine boggled our doctors and surgeons as they had to reach out internationally for help and in the end ended up trying their own solution which is why he is here with us today! He also broke a record timing for Primary Children’s Hospital in 40 years for response to put someone on ECMO bypass! He seriously is our little miracle.

Posted by Amanda Bowman Gray on Monday, January 15, 2018

“You Are My Sunshine” has special meaning to the Gray family. In April 2016, Bo underwent heart surgery. In a separate video posted to Facebook, Bo’s parents are seen singing the song to Bo, who is hooked up to tubes in a hospital bed. Bowman Gray captioned the clip: “This was the first time that he moved as he reacted to the familiarity of the song and our voices . . . From then on this has because his theme song.”

Bo continues to amaze his parents every day. “We feel like he’s defying the odds,” Bowman Grey told ABC News on Tuesday, January 16. “Thanks to Lydia and her determination, she pushed forward with music therapy . . . We’re so proud of our kids.”

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