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Deaf Boy Ecstatic As Waitresses Sign Happy Birthday Song To Him

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Deaf Boy Ecstatic As Waitresses Sign Happy Birthday Song To Him

A heartwarming video, which shows two waitresses singing 'happy birthday' to a four-year-old boy in sign language after learning how to do it from Youtube, has gone viral for all the right reasons.

The waiting-on staff at the Murfreesboro Texas Roadhouse, in Murfreesboro, Tennessee, wanted to make the little boy's birthday extra special by signing the song to him as he ate his dinner in the restaurant.

Octavius Mitchell Jr. has been hearing-impaired since he was born, and was out with his mum and uncle to celebrate turning four.

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Kathryn Marasco - one of the waitresses who was working that night - said she saw that the boy's mum, Shatika Dixon, was using sign language for her son.

She told WTVF-TV: "I'm sitting there and I'm watching from a distance, and the mom is signing to the little boy which is when I noticed he had his hearing aids."

Kathryn approached another waitress, Brandie White, who studies speech-language pathology and audiology at Middle Tennessee State University, asking if she knew how to sign 'happy birthday'.

Credit: Shatika Montreishiya
Credit: Shatika Montreishiya
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By using Youtube, the two women were able to learn the signs so they could sing 'happy birthday' for the young boy.

"She comes up to me and says, 'Kat, I found a YouTube video of how to sign happy birthday'," Kathryn continued.

It took the pair just a few seconds to learn how to do it, before they performed for the little lad.

Brandie added: "As a server I want you to be able to come in, I want to be like, 'Oh this is my home. I belong here'."

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The family captured the moment on video, and it has now gone viral on social media.

Credit: Shatika Montreishiya
Credit: Shatika Montreishiya

Octavius' mum, Shatika, has since spoke of how grateful she was that the women went the extra mile for her son, as he's only ever used sign language with her and his teacher.

"Everybody thinks we're crazy when we're out talking and we're signing," she explained.

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"So it's really important to me that someone noticed that and picked up on that and made that special just for him, my baby."

Featured Image Credit: Facebook/Shatika Montreishiya

Topics: Life News, Real

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