Emotional reaction when woman with dementia first meets her great-granddaughter
The first meeting between five-year-old Sophie Flynn and her 82-year-old great-grandmother was an emotional one. Sophie's parents, Sarah Miller and William Flynn, were afraid it would be a very shocking event for their daughter. Sadly, Sophie's great-grandmother has senile dementia. Her parents were concerned: what would it be like for Sophie to realize that her great-grandmother wouldn't recognize her family, and might even be afraid of her?
The whole family went to see 82-year-old Brenda Brock at her home in Norwich in the east of England, with some trepidation ahead of the visit. However, when they entered Brenda's room where she was lying in bed, Sophie reacted in a way that no one had expected. Approaching her great-grandmother, she stroked her face and began to sing. The song was "You are my sunshine," which seemed to awaken something special in her great-grandmother.
In front of everyone watching, the old woman — who is normally frightened by strangers — not only remained calm, but also began to move and to sing too! Luckily, one of the family was recording the moment to share it with the family members (and now us). You can see the adorable video below:
"Sophie brought her back to life," explained mom Sarah. "It was amazing, we just couldn't believe it. When they were together it was like they were the only two people in the room." Since then, little Sophie regularly visits her beloved great-grandmother and, although she cannot remember it clearly, there is a wonderful connection every time the girl sings.
It's been two years since that first meeting between Sophie and her great-grandmother. Their story shows us that children often act in ways adults never imagine they will. Thanks to her parents setting aside their anxieties over that first meeting, Sophie and Brenda have been able to form a special bond that no one can ever break. Sophie's video has touched thousands of people all over the world with relatives suffering from senile dementia or Alzheimer's. Her behavior is an example for us all!