Child with Down syndrome comforts weeping autistic classmate with a huge hug, video melts the internet
In a heart-warming video, a little boy who has Down Syndrome was seen comforting and consoling his autistic classmate with a big, warm hug.
The moment was caught on video by their teacher in Jalisco, Western Mexico earlier this week and was later shared on Facebook by Jalisco Oculto.
In the video, the two school children can be seen in their uniforms when the child with autism is looking visibly upset.
His classmate is quick to notice and attempts to wipe away his tears before giving him a big, reassuring hug. He then re-positions himself and pulls the other child closer towards him and rests his head on the back of his neck.
The child then breaks away from the hug momentarily and grabs his friend's arms and raises them in the air. The student with Down Syndrome then wipes away the tears from his friends' face and the video ends a little after.
The video clip has since gone viral and has been viewed more than 19 million times.
Social media users praised the child for his thoughtful and compassionate actions.
One user wrote: "Thank God for creating these beautiful people who teach us daily what we have lost as human beings. God bless you always and do not change that beautiful heart."
Another user added, "Beautiful gesture. Kids are so sweet. In their innocence, they show us that love to the neighbor is above any social, mental condition, etc. Blessings to all of them [sic]."
A third user chimed in saying, "There is no doubt that only lives a different circumstance, but his heart is intact, these are the people who enjoy learning and valuing, this boy is a clear example of loyalty, tenderness and empathy for others, all my admiration, and respect!"
Down Syndrome occurs when a person has an extra chromosome.