Hearing your child’s first words is an unimaginable experience. What is even better is when you catch those words on video so you can replay them over and over.
For Joey Feek and her husband Rory Feek, they weren’t sure they would ever hear their daughter Indiana talk. Indiana has down syndrome, and her primary means of communication has been by using the signs her parents have taught her. However, on Saturday, February 21, Rory captured a special moment with his video camera- the moment when Indy said “mama” and “dada” for the first time without using sign language.
“..’look papa, no hands!!!'” Rory captioned the heartwarming video that can be seen here. “I took Indy to the grocery store this afternoon and by the time we got home she was saying sounds back to me without using sign language.”
Joey and Rory’s fans were just as excited as they were to hear little Indy talking. The video, which has been viewed over 2 million times, has been shared over 15,000 times and has more than 11,000 comments.
“God bless you for sharing your precious little Indy with us. She is so inspiring… such a joy,” Facebook user Cheryl Harvey Hill wrote. “I keep you all in my prayers. God sent her to you as proof there are miracles… so I continue to pray for another miracle for Joey. #IStillBelieveInMiracles.”
“How sweet! It’s no wonder why Joey is hanging on as long as possible to enjoy the time that she has left with you and Indy,” Joey+Rory fan Christy Justus added.
As The Inquisitr previously reported, Joey Feek was diagnosed with stage four cervical cancer in May 2014, three months after she and Rory welcomed their daughter. At the time, her doctors provided Joey with her treatment options, which included a radical hysterectomy and several rounds of chemotherapy and radiation. Joey took her doctor’s advice and underwent the surgery and other treatments. However, in mid-October as she was preparing to finish her final round of chemotherapy, Joey’s doctors discovered that her cancer had returned and was spreading aggressively and rapidly.
With the new cancer discovery, Joey’s doctors told her there was little to nothing they could do, and her cancer was now considered terminal. Although Joey Feek could continue to undergo chemo and radiation, it would only buy her more time, not a cure. Therefore, Joey made the heartbreaking decision to stop treatment and return to her home in hospice care so she could live out the remainder of her days with her family and friends.
Despite her current prognosis, Joey has been celebrating life to the fullest, especially over the past week. On February 12, Joey and Rory released their final album Hymns That Are Important To Us. The album has already sold out in many stores across the United States, and landed them a number one spot on the Top Country Albums and Top Christian Album, marking the first time they have ever had the top spot on both charts at the same time.
In addition, Billboard reports that the country music duo landed at number four on Billboard‘s 200 chart, marking their first top 10 album on the Billboard 200 and best sales week ever since they launched their careers.
“When the label called to give us the news I immediately took the phone in to Joey,” Rory Feek told People Magazine. “This recording was ‘hers’ from the beginning. This is one that she has always wanted to make, and she’s worked so hard to make it happen, in spite of the difficult circumstances she is facing. As I congratulated her, she responded through tears: ‘No, honey, this is God’s record.'”