Adorable footage shot by his mother, Linda, shows Zach Oxendine belting out Boy by Lee Brice to his two-year-old son Judah. Judah has cerebral palsy, lung disease as well as hearing problems.
Sweet Judah was born weighing just 1.8-lbs, with a bleed on the brain and at 23 weeks. This song is very special for Zach. The little guy endured numerous operations the first six months of his life. He was kept in intensive care. The footage is quite tear-jerking as the bond between father and son is evident.
Zach finally breaks down after Judah smiles up at him. As she films her son singing, Linda encourages Zach to keep on going when he’s struggling not to cry. The father blushes when he realizes he has an audience. The touching lyrics along with love for his son cause Zach to pause as he becomes overwhelmed with emotion until it finally makes him choke up.
Zach, who’s been singing for years said: “It’s just a truly magical moment between me and my son – every time I watch the video back and see his smile, I tear up.
“Ever since the song hit the airwaves, it’s been a song that I can relate to, as it explains the love between a father and his son.
“When I got the news that Judah would be having surgery and having a feeding tube placed in his stomach, I played the song over and over again – I cried, but I then realized how strong he and I are, and that’s what lead me to sing it to him.
“Usually Judah reacts with a smile because he loves it when someone interacts with him, we tend to say he’s the happiest boy we’ve seen, despite all he’s been through.
“When he looked up at me, it was if he was saying everything was going to be okay this is just a storm in life that will soon pass, and we will one day be thankful for it – that’s what I got from that smile, and I just couldn’t contain myself.”
Judah continued to smile up at his loving father. Zach went on to say: “Every obstacle he has faced he has overcome and will continue to do so – he’s a real miracle.
“I can remember even when Judah was in the NICU he was smiling – since he was born and aware he was in the world, he’s never stopped smiling.
“He has a heart of gold and can bring the toughest of men to tears.
“We’re hoping to get Judah a Cochlear implant; it will be a huge step for him in his development.
“He’s a very curious little fella; he loves music.
“He loves to be sung to as I feel like it really soothes him, and with him not yet being able to communicate with the world, I feel like he expresses his feeling through the music that’s being sung to him.
“I’ve always thought what would it be like to be a singer, but I just hope to spread my son’s story and help to inspire someone else going through tough times.
“That’s the whole reason we decided to share the video so that someone else might see it and receive hope.”
Zach, you are an inspiration to many. With your positive attitude and love for Judah, which he can feel, you’ll serve to help others struggling with difficult times. We wish all the best for this incredible duo!