Man With Down Syndrome Is Overcome With Joy When Reunited With His Dad

It was the first time the two had been separated in 25 years.

For Matt Cobrink, a 53-year-old man with Down syndrome, flying from his home in Los Angeles to New York with his sister, Janet, was a big deal. 

Not only did it mean meeting his favorite New York Yankees baseball player, Aaron Judge, but it meant being ways from his 88-year-old father, Malcolm, for the first time in decades. According to MSN News the two had not been separated in 25 years since Matt's mother passed away.

When the five-day trip was up, Matt's dad was waiting at the airport to reunite with his son. Matt's other sister, Marcy, 56, knew the moment would be something special, so she decided to capture it on camera. 


When Matt came down the escalator and saw his dad at the airport, he was clearly overwhelmed with joy.

Marcy shared the heartwarming video on Facebook and captioned it, "Homecoming doesn't get better than this."

As the video continues, the father and son embrace and hold each other's hands. Malcolm jokes with his son that he needs a shave, and asks if he had a good time.

In just two weeks, the video has garnered 19 million views.

Many are commenting on how touched they are by the sweet interaction, but Marcy says she wasn't surprised with the way her brother reacted. She told People that Matt is a very loving person. "I expect that kind of reaction from him," she explained. "Sometimes I won't see him for a few days, and then I'll go to his house or my dad will bring him over here, and he will kiss me like 20 times. He's just really very loving and happy to see everybody."

The video has been shared around the world and Marcy said parents of kids with Down syndrome are sharing their stories with her after seeing the video.

She hopes that those watching will see the love.

"We just want to share the love."

She told People, "We want to let people know that it's really not Down syndrome, we call it 'Up syndrome,' because my brother has brought so much love into everybody's life that he comes in contact with."


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