Father Moved to Tears While He Sings Country Song to Hearing Impaired Son


It was a heartfelt moment that father Zach Oxendine decided to share with the world, in order that others may have hope: a father holding his 2-year-old hearing impaired son, singing.

Oxendine’s son, Judah, is two years old. He was born premature and was diagnosed with a host of medical diagnosis, including cerebral palsy. 

Judah’s early months and years were fraught with hospital stays, surgeries, and worry. His parents didn’t know if their baby boy would make it.

It was before one of Judah’s surgeries that Oxendine heard the country song that would both inspire him and reduce him to tears.

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The song, “Boy,” by Lee Brice, is a song Oxendine has been singing to Judah ever since.

“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,” Oxendine said.

“I cried, but I then realized how strong he and I are, and that’s what lead me to sing it to him.”

Judah’s mother, Linda, captured the sweet video of Oxendine singing to Judah at their Lumberton, North Carolina home.

Oxendine was staring down at his son, singing the ballad.

Oxendine struggled to make it through the entire song without weeping.


He was especially moved when Judah, who is non-verbal, looked directly into his father’s eyes and gave a huge smile.

“It’s just a truly magical moment between me and my son,” Oxendine said. “Every time I watch the video back and see his smile, I tear up.”

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Oxendine describes his son as having a “heart of gold,” and can reduce “even the toughest of men to tears.”

Oxendine knows Judah has a difficult journey ahead. But he is confident his son will continue to fight, as he’s done his entire life.

“Every obstacle he has faced he has overcome and will continue to do so,” Oxendine said. “He’s a real miracle.”

Oxendine hopes that by sharing his sons’ story, others may be inspired to persevere through their own seasons of trouble.

“That’s the whole reason we decided to share the video,” Oxendine said. “So that someone else might see it and receive hope.”

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A graduate of Grand Canyon University, Kim Davis has been writing for The Western Journal since 2015, focusing on lifestyle stories.
Kim Davis began writing for The Western Journal in 2015. Her primary topics cover family, faith, and women. She has experience as a copy editor for the online publication Thoughtful Women. Kim worked as an arts administrator for The Phoenix Symphony, writing music education curriculum and leading community engagement programs throughout the region. She holds a degree in music education from Grand Canyon University with a minor in eating tacos.
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