Deaf boy, 2, signs ‘I love you’ to his mum in supermarket for the first time
The incredible moment a deaf boy learnt to say 'I love you' in sign language while shopping in a supermarket was captured on camera.
Two-year-old PJ was born with a genetic disorder called Treacher Collins syndrome which can cause deformities of the facial and bone structure, causing his ears to be underdeveloped at birth.
Mum Crystal Kouri, from Los Angeles, California, was shopping in a supermarket when PJ surprised her with his new skills.
In the heartwarming footage, PJ is sitting in a trolley in a food aisle when the smiling tot spells out 'I love you'.
The stunned mum mirrors the sign back to him, which he then returns.
Crystal said: "Hearing him say and sign 'I love you' was as emotional and pivotal as the first time he signed 'mama'. I stopped right there in the supermarket to record him."
Treacher Collins syndrome has caused him to have five major surgeries so far to enable him to breathe, eat and grow normally.
The syndrome impacts individuals on a totally different scale, from almost being unnoticeable to severe.
People born with Treacher Collins often have eyes that slant downward, few eye lashes and a notch in the lower eyelids.
Crystal added: "PJ has Treacher Collins syndrome, like Auggie Pullman, the fictional character from the movie and book, Wonder.
"We began sign language immediately as a way for him to communicate with wearing his hearing aid."
The amazing tot already has a 250 word vocabulary, including both verbal and sign.
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