ON AIR NOW

LISTEN NOW

Weather

cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
84°
Broken Clouds
H 86° L 65°
  • cloudy-day Created with Sketch.
    84°
    Current Conditions
    Clear. H 86° L 65°
  • clear-night
    65°
    Morning
    Clear. H 86° L 65°
  • clear-day Created with Sketch.
    84°
    Afternoon
    Sunny. H 87° L 68°
LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest top stories

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest traffic report

00:00 | 00:00

LISTEN
PAUSE
ERROR

The latest forecast

00:00 | 00:00

'Dear Future Mom' a viral love letter about Down syndrome

An advocacy group's video response to a scared expectant mother of a child with Down syndrome has captured the hearts (and clicks) of Internet users around the world.

The tear-inducing video titled "Dear Future Mom" has more than 2.5 million views on YouTube and tweets mentioning #DearFutureMom have been trending on Twitter. 

The video was created for CoorDown - the Italian Coordinator of the National Association of People with Down Syndrome, and was made to promote the March 21 World Down Syndrome Day.

In the video, a woman writes she is scared about what kind of life a Down syndrome child can have. The video response features a group of 15 young adults and children from across Europe all of whom have Down syndrome. In their native languages (and subtitled in English), they respond with all the joys and life experiences that children with Down syndrome can have.

The video concludes with a message to the letter writer that she, too, will be happy, and shows the children hugging their mothers.

According to Mayo Clinic, Down syndrome is a genetic disorder that causes lifelong mental retardation, developmental delays and other problems. Symptoms can include poor muscle development, upward slanted eyes, short neck and fingers and excessive flexibility.

Here is the full text of the letter and response in the video:

On the 9th of February, we received this email from a future mom: "I'm expecting a baby. I've discovered he has Down syndrome. I'm scared: what kind of life will my child have?"

Today, we reply to her like this.

Dear Future Mom, don't be afraid.

Your child will be able to do many things. He'll be able to hug you. He'll be able to run towards you. He'll be able to speak and tell you he loves you.

He'll be able to go to school, like everybody. He'll be able to learn to write. And he'll be able to write to you, if someday he is far away. Because indeed, he'll be able to travel too.

He'll be able to help his father fix his bicycle. He'll be able to work and earn his money. And with that money, he'll be able to invite you out for dinner. Or rent an apartment and go living alone.

Sometimes it will be difficult. Very difficult. Almost impossible. But isn't it like that for all mothers?

Dear Future Mom, your child can be happy. And you'll be happy too.

People with Down syndrome can live a happy life. Together we can make it possible. #DearFutureMom

Read More
VIEW COMMENTS

There are no comments yet. Be the first to post your thoughts. or Register.

The Latest News Headlines

  • Clay County Schools said Fleming Island High School is currently under a precautionary boil water advisory for the next 48 to 72 hours. Water service to the school was temporarily interrupted for the emergency repair of a broken water line on Wednesday, according to our partner Action News Jax. Restrooms are working, but the school district said students are urged to bring their own water bottles to drink during the day. The school district said it will also provide drinking water until the boil water advisory is lifted.
  • He had been found incompetent to stand trial three times, but Joshua Goldberg may now be ready to face the federal terror-related charge he’s accused of.  The Orange Park man was indicted in September 2015. Court documents claim Goldberg sent information on how to make a bomb to a person he believed was going to plant the bomb at a September 11th memorial event in Kansas City, Missouri. Goldberg’s instructions even included how to inflict the most damage with the device- like dipping shrapnel in rat poison- according to the indictment. The person speaking with Goldberg was actually a confidential informant.  Prosecutors say Goldberg admitted to giving the instructions, but he believed the person he was speaking with wasn’t going to follow through. The indictment says Goldberg planned to tell law enforcement if the device was actually planted, making himself a hero.  Goldberg was first ruled incompetent to stand trial in December 2015, then again in June and December 2016. He has been undergoing treatment at Federal Medical Center in Butner, NC for autism spectrum disorder and major depressive disorder. During a status hearing Wednesday, a judge mentioned that a competency report had been received in which doctors who have been treating Goldberg say he is now competent to stand trial.  A competency hearing must still be held where a judge will make a formal determination. Goldberg’s attorney, Paul Shorstein, tells WOKV News that he is unsure at this time whether he will dispute the doctor’s report. “I really can’t say one way or another. I mean, I’ve read the report. I need to talk to him, talk to his family,” Shorstein says. He plans to know more by the competency hearing.  The US Attorney’s Office confirms another status conference has been set for April 7th, at which time they will set a date for the competency hearing. 
  • Ford has issued a recall covering 441,000 2013 through 2015 model year vehicles over problems related to engine fires and faulty door latches. The company is alerting 230,000 owners of four 2013 through 2015 models, including Fusion mid-size cars, Escape SUVs, Fiesta ST subcompacts and Transit Connect vans with 1.6-Liter turbocharged engines. >> Read more trending news The engines can overheat, causing a crack in the cylinder head, according to Ford. Oil could leak through the crack possibly catching fire, if it comes in contact with a hot surface. Ford has reported 29 fires related to the problem, but no injuries, The Associated Press reported.    The auto giant is also recalling another 211,000 2013 and 2014 model year vehicles as part of a previous recall over faulty door latches that cause doors to open while the car is being driven. The vehicles include the 2013 and 2014 Fusion and Lincoln MKZ, and the 2014 Fiesta. >> Got a question about the news? See our explainers here Ford will contact owners about the recalls and provide information on how to fix the problems. The Associated Press contributed to this story.
  • The companies that provide you with internet service may soon be able to sell your web browser and app history to advertisers without your consent. >> Read more trending news The U.S. House of Representatives voted Tuesday to repeal rules preventing internet-service providers from doing so. The Senate already voted in favor of the repeal. Now the legislation is being sent to President Donald Trump, who is a strong supporter of the move, according to Reuters. If the president signs the repeal, companies such as Comcast, AT&T and Verizon can sell the personal browsing habits of their customers to advertisers, who can then use that trove of data to create ads targeted to that user. This is similar to what Facebook already does, but it would be on a larger scale and wouldn’t require someone to give IPSs permission to use their information, according to The Guardian.  Cox Media Group, which owns the site this story is displayed on, generally does not disclose that information. “We will not disclose personally-identifying information collected through our website to third parties except as provided in this privacy policy,” according to CMG’s website. While the House and Senate are supporters of the move, Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said the American people are not.  “Overwhelmingly, the American people do not agree with Republicans that this information should be sold, and it certainly should not be sold without your permission,' said Pelosi, D-Calif. 'Our broadband providers know deeply personal information about us and our families.' So if the privacy laws are repealed, what can you do to protect their browsing history? Unfortunately, not much unless the person is tech-savvy. The Guardian suggests encrypting internet traffic. This can be done through a VPN service, which requires a subscription cost, or using Tor, a software program that enables anonymous communication.
  • A Florida woman told authorities “Don’t worry about it” when police arrived to investigate a fatal shooting this week at an apartment building in Orlando. Paula Hobbs, 51, is accused in the shooting death of her 63-year-old live-in boyfriend Tuesday night. >> Read more trending news When police arrived at the scene at the Rosemont Country Club Apartments they found an unresponsive man and Hobbs standing in a stairwell, Orlando police spokeswoman Michelle Guido said. When the officer asked Hobbs what was going on, she said, “Don’t worry about it,” then locked herself in the apartment, according to a police report on the incident. Investigators said officers were eventually able to convince Hobbs to give herself up. Detectives searching the apartment for evidence found splattered blood and a .22-caliber revolver in the bottom drawer of a bedroom dresser, the arrest affidavit said. Investigators said they determined that five of the gun’s nine rounds had been fired. If you tell me he is dead, I will tell you why I did it,” Hobbs told police at the scene, the report said. Hobbs was booked into the Orange County Jail on a first-degree murder charges.

The Latest News Videos