Britain's Got Talent star 'didn't take first breath for 24 minutes'

Foster sister of boy, 4, with cerebral palsy whose choir got the Golden Buzzer on BGT reveals doctors thought he would ‘never speak’ because he didn’t take his first breath for 24 minutes at birth

  • Youngster on BGT appeared on GMB this morning with his sister who revealed he ‘didn’t take first breath until 24 minutes’
  • Christian, 4, from Manchester, told by doctors he’d never be able to talk or walk 
  • Learned to sing when sister Jade Kilduff, 18, started signing songs with Christian 
  • Pair moved viewers on Britain’s Got Talent with their Sign Along With Us choir 

A four-year-old with cerebral palsy who moved Britain’s Got Talent viewers with his singing ‘didn’t take his first breath for 24 minutes’ and was told he would never be able to speak, it was revealed today. 

Jade Kilduff, 18, from Heywood, Greater Manchester, became an internet sensation after sharing videos of herself and her brother, Christian, who has cerebral palsy, signing along to pop songs on her ‘Sign Along With Us’ YouTube channel.

After starting a choir made up of 37 children and 28 adults, she and Christian appeared on Britain’s Got Talent and thrilled the judges so much that David Walliams pressed his golden buzzer for the act, the very first one of the series. 

A touching moment at the start of the performance revealed how she taught her brother sign language, after doctors warned he wouldn’t be able to communicate, and appearing on Good Morning Britain today, Jade told how doctors originally thought Christian was stillborn. 

Jade Kilduff (pictured) , 18, from Heywood, Greater Manchester, became an internet sensation after sharing videos of herself and her four-year-old brother, Christian who has cerebral palsy (pictured)

Choir Sign Along With Us came out on top as they left Amanda Holden and Alesha Dixon in tears with their heart-rending rendition of This Is Me from The Greatest Dancer

Speaking on the morning show today, she revealed: ‘Christian came to us as my foster brother because my parents were foster careers. 

‘He was actually stillborn and he didn’t take his first breath for 24 minutes, which led to him having a brain injury. 

‘He’s got cerebral palsy, he’s registered blind he has a big long list of medical conditions. But we just saw the potential this amazing little boy had’. 

She added: ‘We were told he would never be able to talk and would be in a wheelchair for life. We didn’t want to accept this and I started doing sign language with him – it literally unlocked his life and now he’s the amazing little boy he is today.’ 

The choir thrilled the judges so much that David Walliams pressed his golden buzzer for the act, the very first one of the series 

Jade went on to say she’s ‘speechless’ when she thinks about the reality show and she’ll carry the moment David pressed the golden buzzer ‘with her for the rest of her life’. 

She said: ‘It was just something that I’ll carry with me for the rest of my life, we just look back to that moment. For David Williams to do that it leaves me speechless every time.’  

This week the group took to the stage donning a colourful array of T-shirts printed with ‘This Is Me’, with each member’s face painted with a rainbow  and belted out the number from The Greatest Showman moving the judges to tears. 

Also in the choir is 12-year-old Ella who previously met Simon Cowell when he presented her with a Child of Courage award at the 2019 Pride of Britain awards who appeared with mum Karen 

Speaking of their next performance, Jade told host Ben Shephard (pictured) : ‘We’re changing the song, but this is me has such an important meaning for us and everyone out there’ 

Speaking of their next performance, Jade said:  ‘We’re changing the song, but this is me has such an important meaning for us and everyone out there. 

‘The main thing has been the message and the meaning behind it, we just want to spread positivity and self confidence.’  

Also in the choir is 12-year-old Ella, who previously met Simon Cowell when he presented her with a Child of Courage award at the 2019 Pride of Britain awards, with the youngster saying it was ‘amazing’ to discover David had pressed the button. 

She said: ‘We didn’t realise we had the golden buzzer and then when David Williams pressed it, I thought oh my god this is amazing, I love it!’ 

Viewers were moved by the children and quickly took to Twitter to praise them, with one writing: ‘Watching Sign Along With Us choir brings the happy tears again

 Viewers were moved by the children and quickly took to Twitter to praise them, with one writing: ‘Watching Sign Along With Us choir brings the happy tears again.

‘I’m so excited for all of those involved and can’t wait to see what they do next! Thank you for sharing the love.’ 

Another said: ‘What lovely happy children on this morning talking about their choir- their parents must be so proud.’ 

A third said: ‘Watching Sign Along With Us choir brings the happy tears again…. I’m so excited for all of those involved and can’t wait to see what they do next! Thank you for sharing the love.’  

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