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Five-year-old girl signs Christmas carols for deaf parents

By Catholic Online (NEWS CONSORTIUM)
December 13th, 2013
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She's capturing hearts across the world .. Five-year-old Claire Koch is seen in a video using sign language for the benefit of her deaf parents in the audience. The taped kindergarten concert has been widely seen on YouTube, and has gone viral.

LOS ANGELES, CA (Catholic Online) - Claire uses finger spelling and signing in order to match the lyrics of such Yuletide favorites such as "Rudolph the Rednose Reindeer" and "Jingle Bells."

Claire's mother Lori, who is hearing impaired, posted the cute to YouTube. It was her response to claims that a sign language interpreter at the Nelson Mandela memorial was a fake.

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"My five-year-old signed even better for her deaf parents in an Xmas show," her mother tweeted.

The video quickly went viral and had more than 100,000 hits.

Claire's mother and father, both deaf, were stirred to action watching the poor signing of the Mandela deaf interpreter.

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"It became obvious he was making things up. He was repeating the same hand movements so it was obvious he was a fake," Mrs. Koch told reporters.

Claire's father agreed. "It was just totally deflating for deaf people, like saying deaf people are not important. This is a famous man who did so much for many people."

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As seen in the video, there are other children doing hand actions for the songs. Claire stood out from the crowd as she used American Sign Language.

"I, myself, haven't been able to stop watching the video,' Mrs Koch said.

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A mother-of-two, Mrs. Koch was born profoundly deaf, wasn't taught American Sign Language until she was about 10 so her little girl is well on the way to being a top signer.



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