HEBER CITY, Utah (News4Utah) – A video of a young Utah girl singing to her special needs brother has gone viral, viewed over 30 million times.
Amanda and Caleb Gray’s daughter Lydia was watching her 25-month-old brother Bo while Amanda was in the shower. When she came out, she caught the most precious moment on her camera.
In a post on Amanda Gray’s Facebook she said the guitar helps her daughter when she babysits her brother, who was born with Down Syndrome.
“If she didn’t have a guitar I don’t know if she would know how to babysit him,” Amanda Gray said. “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.”
The video has been viewed 31 million times since it was posted on on Jan 15.
Amanda Grey offered some insight to the song “You are my Sunshine” and why her son loves it so much in a post on her Facebook.
“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.”
Amanda Gray said her and her husband Caleb were told awhile back that Bo would inspire and teach the world someday.
“At that time I don’t think Caleb and I could comprehend or even imagine it to this extent. He is a blessing. He has brought a sweet spirit into our home and a little piece of heaven,” Amanda Gray said. “He has changed our lives and humbled us beyond measure. My older children along with us are changed forever because of him. All he knows is how to LOVE. Simply LOVE unconditionally. What more could parents ask for?”
The family goes on to thank everyone who has viewed, commented, shared, and messaged them personally.
“THANK YOU,” Amanda Gray said. “Thank you for seeing the beauty of this video as it bring awareness to Down Syndrome but also that music Therapy ROCKS!”