Pam De Almeida is used to strangers whispering and staring at her 18-month-old daughter Sophia.
The little girl has Down Syndrome and her mum says people often stare, oblivious to the fact that she often stares right back.
But recently a couple approached her. The man greeted Sophia with a high five and a handshake.
As Pam writes on her Facebook page, Slice of Life: 'He looked at me with tears in his eyes and said, "I have a story I would really like to share with you. But I am afraid I won’t get through it without choking up.”
'I gently encouraged him to share, because now I was curious. This interaction was not what I was expecting,’ wrote Pam.
'He told me that he had watched the news last night. There was an interview of a mother who had recently given birth to a child with a major disability. She was on the news defending her decision to keep her baby.
'She was defending her choice NOT to terminate despite her doctors encouraging her to do so.’
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Pam says the man then told her: ‘The point is, you never know a person’s impact on the world. You can never know what a person is able to do unless you give them a chance.’
She continued: ‘He looked at me just before he turned to walk away and said, “You are a beautiful person. Your daughter is beautiful. Congratulations”.'
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