Last year wasn’t a happy one for many people. However, with all of the difficult memories of 2020, here’s a heart-warming moment to sweeten the bitterness. Before all of the lockdowns, Crystal Kouri from Los Angeles, California, went grocery shopping with her son, PJ. The two-year-old was born with Treacher Collins syndrome, a genetic disorder that deforms the facial structure. This condition left PJ’s ears underdeveloped and unable to hear. However, during this grocery trip, the deaf boy was able to communicate his love to his mom.
Deaf Boy Signs “I Love You” to His Mother
The viral video clip shows PJ sitting in the grocery cart, signing “I love you” to his mother at the supermarket. Crystal signs “I love you” back, and PJ repeats it. This is a beautiful moment between a mother and son who had already been through so much together.
Despite being only two years of age, PJ already underwent five surgeries, some of which to help his breathing. Despite his medical issues, the little boy learned how to overcome being deaf by speaking through sign language. He can also speak, but he communicates best through signing.
In an interview with The Daily Mail, Crystal explains her son’s condition. “PJ has Treacher Collins syndrome, like Auggie Pullman, the fictional character from the movie and book, Wonder. His condition has caused him to have five major surgeries so far, which have enabled him to breathe, eat, and grow normally.
“Treacher Collins syndrome has caused PJ’s ears to be underdeveloped, resulting in moderate hearing loss. We began sign language immediately as a way for him to communicate by wearing his hearing aid. At the age of two, he now has a 250-word vocabulary, both verbal and sign.
However, the moment at the grocery store was extra special. “Hearing him say and sign ‘I love you’ was as emotional and pivotal as the first time he signed ‘mama’. I stopped right there in the supermarket to record him.”Crystal Kouri, UNILAD