A moving video of a young Irish girl singing to her great-grandmother has taken the internet by storm.
The video sees five-year-old Sophie meeting her great grandmother Breda for the first time since she was just nine months old.
Breda lives in London and has dementia. Sophie’s mother Sarah admitted that she was a little worried about how the two would interact.
Sarah told the Irish Independent that her parents, Yvonne and Sandy, would often fly to London to see Breda and would record a video for Sophie.
She said: “We were worried (Sophie) would be scared… but she wasn’t. She was sitting up, rubbing her face, singing songs to her and chatting away… she loved it.
“It’s like Nana came back to life. She was chatting about when she was young – it’s as if she went back to being a child.
“She was crying… she said it was breaking her heart. It was as if she knew she had dementia and couldn’t express herself.
Although Breda is blind, Sarah said it seemed as though she was able to see her great granddaughter.
She continued: “She was following Sophie, all she wanted was Sophie.
“Normally, all she calls for is her husband Joe. When Sophie left, she was calling for Sophie through the night.”
Sophie enjoyed meeting Breda so much that she was happy to give up one of her favourite past times – shopping.
Sarah said: “She said ‘I want to stay here’. So she stayed, singing and talking – almost like she was Mammy to Nana!
“We never knew anyone with dementia before… kids are a breath of fresh air.
“Sophie didn’t want to leave Nana. She was very upset. When we landed, she was bawling. She’s a sensitive little thing, she’d always be in tune with people’s feelings.”
The video sees Sophie singing ‘You Are My Sunshine’ to Breda and stroking her face.
Take a look at the video below.
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