A Georgia woman was amazed that she was recognized by her 87-year-old mother who suffers from Alzheimer’s, and the touching moment was caught on camera.
Kelly Gunderson uploaded the heartwarming video (below) onto YouTube titled “God’s Gift,” and it has since gone viral, garnering more than 2 million views as of this writing.
“My 87 year old mother with Alzheimer's knew who I was, even if it was for just a moment,” the video description reads.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, Alzheimer’s is a debilitating brain disorder that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Today, 5.3 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, with no way of preventing, curing or slowing the progression of the disease.
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The video starts with Gunderson lying on a hospital bed with mother, who initially thinks that her daughter is her own mother.
But after a short conversation, Gunderson asks, “Do you know who I am?”
“Kelly,” her mother replies. “I love Kelly, didn't I name you Kelly?”
“Yes, you did,” Gunderson says with a laugh.
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The clip ends with mother and daughter saying “I love you” to each other.
The Alzheimer’s Association predicts that the U.S. population aged 65 and over will double, which means more Americans with Alzheimer’s — as many as 16 million by mid-century, when there will be nearly 1 million new cases every year.
Grab a box of tissues and then watch the video below:
Video Source: YouTube/Kelly Gunderson