Viral Video of Boy with Down Syndrome Reciting the Alphabet Gets More Than 13 Million Views

National   |   Conor Beck   |   Jan 28, 2016   |   5:57PM   |   Washington, DC

A heartwarming video of a 2-year-old with Down syndrome is becoming viral for all the right reasons.

The video shows John David Marin from Helena, Alabama, mastering his ABCs with the help of his mother, Hannah Marin, and grandmother Pam Sapp.

Hannah has been taking John David to speech therapists since he was 6 months old, and the toddler started to learn his ABCs a week ago, according to the Daily Mail.

His grandmother Pam Sapp said, “Within the last year, he’s been starting to say a few words like ‘mama and dada,’ but for him to articulate each letter, that was amazing to me.”



The video of his recitation has since racked up 13 million views and hundreds of thousands of views and likes.

In a Facebook post about the video’s popularity, his mother said:

Since the day John David was born, he has been the biggest blessing our family could have ever asked for. And now the Lord is working in so many wonderful ways with John David’s video, and seeing comments like this are exactly what I’m hoping for from all of this. To hopefully help any expecting mom that may be having a child with Down syndrome to not be afraid or worried. But to see the great joy and ability in disability! I’m so blessed to call this one mine, and to now be able to share him and his amazing personality with so many people all over the world! Thank you everyone for your overwhelming love and feedback! We are grateful to you all!

His grandmother echoed her sentiments: “People have a perception of Down syndrome, that it’s something that will hold them back. He has met such a milestone and it’s just amazing to watch. There’s so much more that we don’t know that he can do… [John David] has been such a joy to our lives.”