Video of boy with Down's Syndrome comforting classmate with autism has gone viral
A heartwarming video of a boy with Down's Syndrom comforting a classmate with autism has touched hearts all over the world.
The footage was taken by a teacher at a school in Mexico and shows how a young boy tries to console another little boy in distress. He puts his arms around him and strokes his hair in the uplifting clip. The caring child can also be seen wiping away his friend's tears.
Take a look at the touching footage, which was shared to Facebook:
The Facebook video has since garnered 145k reactions and 10k comments. It has also been shared on other sites such as Reddit and Twitter, with many users commenting on the child's kind-hearted nature.
One person tweeted: "My nephew has ‘Down’ syndrome. I put that in quotation marks because there is nothing downs about it. I’ve never seen anybody w/ the ability to empathize like he does. These kids truly have the most biggest hearts. They are so pure."
"You’ve never been hugged until you’ve been hugged by a person with Down’s syndrome, they are hugging experts. Beautiful, BEAUTIFUL people that we can all learn from," another agreed.
And yet another person shared their personal experience of having a family member with Down's Syndrome:
"I have a Down Syndrome brother who is now 61 years old," they said. "He has brought great joy to me, my family and anyone he comes into contact with! He has so much empathy and love for everyone-he’s a mush really!"
"Down’s syndrome is not a disease and therefore people with Down’s syndrome do not suffer nor are they victims of their condition," the Down’s Syndrome Association states. Down’s syndrome is only a part of the person, they should not be referred to as ‘a Down’s’."
It continues: "People with Down’s syndrome are all unique individuals and should be acknowledged as a person first and foremost. It is important to think of the person first, e.g. ‘John is 29 and he has Down’s syndrome’."