Being a parent is always difficult, but it’s also sure to come with all kinds of unexpected challenges as well. We all hope that our children are born safe and healthy but little children sometimes have some health complications that make life even more challenging. While most pregnancies end up going well, parents Samantha and Kevin Jolicoeur knew something was different about their son Gideon right when he was born.
As it turns out, Gideon was born with a rare issue called Peroxisomal Biogenesis Disorder, leaving him blind and deaf.
As a result of these issues, finding a way to communicate with Gideon was a bit of a challenge.
After they got him home, Gideon would sometimes cry and cry and neither Kevin nor Samantha knew exactly how to calm him down. Still, the family had a breakthrough one day when Kevin decided to try something out—and the couple decided to have the camera rolling. As the video begins, Gideon can be seen crying as his mom introduces the situation:
“Ok, this is Gideon mad and then this is what happens when Daddy does this.”
With that, Kevin blows a loud raspberry on Gideon’s cheek—and the little boy stops crying!
To prove it isn’t just a fluke, the video repeats this process multiple times to show how effective it is.
Needless to say, the video is adorable and it has since garnered almost four million views on YouTube. Still, the family has a much broader imprint online than just this clip. According to the Global Foundation for Peroxisomal Disorders, PBD is generally a terminal disorder with life expectancies of only one year.
As a result of the news, the family has been interviewed by People Magazine about their life as parents and their response to Gideon’s illness. In that interview, Samantha explained her reaction to seeing Gideon after he was born:
“The first thing I thought was, ‘My son’s going to die and I can’t do anything . . . there’s really nothing we could do.’ We went home and grieved the imminent death of our son.”