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WATCH: Toddler with Down syndrome absolutely smitten with newborn sister

Down syndrome

The adorable moment a one-year-old with Down syndrome fell in love with his newborn sister has stolen hearts all across the internet. Toddler Brooks Williams was attached to Collyns from the moment she was born — but adorably, every time she’s taken away, he bursts into tears.

Ashlyn Williams, a mom of seven, shared the video of her children online, and it quickly spread. She said she was initially scared of what her toddler son’s reaction would be, but she never could have expected this. Collyns, born last month, was brought home on March 17th. And when proud dad Logan Williams held Collyns and Brooks at the same time, Brooks was immediately smitten. But then every time Collyns was taken away by her mother, Brooks would burst into tears, only stopping when Collyns was brought back to him.

Boy with Down Syndrome cries when he's not near his sister

Siblings can be so cute when they're young! ❤️

Posted by Daily Mail on Thursday, April 2, 2020

“We weren’t sure how Brooks would react to having a baby around and whether he’d get jealous of having to share attention,” Williams said, according to media outlets like the Daily Mail and PEOPLE. “But it was really sweet; he already loves her so much.”

“When he first met her in the hospital, he reacted exactly the same way so we just had to capture it on video,” she continued. “He is such a loving young boy, and we were just so tickled by his reaction.” And the family is already looking forward to seeing their relationship blossom with time. “I can just tell they are going to be best friends,” she said. “We weren’t sure how Brooks would react to having a baby around and whether he’d get jealous of having to share attention.”

Families of children with Down syndrome have been increasingly speaking out about the love and joy their children bring to their lives. Another family, for example, similarly shared a video that went viral; in their case, it was of their older son singing sweetly to his newborn brother, who has Down syndrome.

By sharing these stories and giving a more accurate representation of what life with Down syndrome is like, they’re helping to change hearts and minds. People with Down syndrome are not “suffering,” they are not burdens to their families, and they aren’t better off dead. Virtually all people with Down syndrome report being happy with themselves and their lives, while siblings and parents alike say their family members with Down syndrome had positive effects on their lives. People with Down syndrome deserve life, love, and a chance at happiness — just like everyone else.

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