Sunday 25 February 2018

Video clip of sweet Alzheimer's moment goes viral

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A sweet clip of an elderly mother remembering who her daughter is - if only for a moment - has gone viral online, amassing over 1m since it was posted on the 29th of August.

Buzzfeed reports that the video was originally only uploaded to Kelly Gunderson's Facebook page, but an image from the video quickly went viral when a friend shared it to Imgur.

Gunderson filmed herself lying beside her elderly mother chatting. "Why am I lying here? I love you. I wouldn't like next to someone like this if I didn't love them".

In the clip, there is a moment of clarity where the woman's mother recognises her. "You're Kelly. Didn't I name you Kelly?"

The two women then share a heartfelt moment. "I love you". "I love you!"

Gunderson then uploaded the video to YouTube where it amassed over 1m views.

Gunderson's mother is 87 and has advanced Alzheimer's Disease. Kelly says her mother is often confused as to the identity of her visitors and daughters. "Lots of times I am a cousin".

"This was put on YouTube to bless others who have family members going through this".

"God gave me a moment with my mother remembering who I was... I am an identical twin which makes it even more special... (it) doesn't happen often".


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