Moment father with Alzheimer’s weeps in his hospital bed as he learns his daughter is pregnant after a three-year infertility battle
- Olivia and Nick Salza from Connecticut tried unsuccessfully for a baby for years
- Her dad, Joe Cichon, was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in March 2014
- Olivia went to hospital for surgery for PCOS, with Joe admitted the same day
- But then she found out she was pregnant, filming the sweet moment she told Joe
This touching video shows the moment a father with Alzheimer’s cried after finding out his daughter was pregnant after a three-year infertility battle.
Olivia and Nick Salza from Trumbull, Connecticut, had tried for a baby for years but discovered Olivia developed polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS) causing difficulties becoming pregnant.
After hearing this, she went for an ultrasound where her doctor scheduled her for surgery in hopes it would increase her chances.
On February 3 2021, Olivia went to the hospital to undergo her surgery but after an hour of waiting her operation was canceled – instead, Olivia was told that she was eight-weeks pregnant.
Joe Cichon, Olivia Salza’s father was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in March 2014 and was in hospital due to his disease getting worse
That same day, Olivia’s dad Joe was admitted to the very same hospital.
Joe Cichon was diagnosed with Early Onset Alzheimer’s in March 2014 and had been taken to hospital due to his Alzheimer’s taking a rapid decline.
Once she was released from the surgical suite, she spent a few minutes with her Nick explaining what happened, and they agreed to find her dad in the hospital to tell him the good news.
When she walked into her dad’s room, she asks him if he could keep a secret which he agreed to, and Olivia then says: ‘I’m pregnant!’
As soon as Joe heard the news, he couldn’t contain his happiness.
‘Bittersweet’: Olivia filmed the moment she told father Joe about the pregnancy. He recognised her then wept tears of joy as she revealed her happy news
Here, Joe laughs when being told he has has gone viral and has fans after his daughter Olivia posted the video revealing her pregnancy to him
After posting the video online where it quickly went viral with millions of views, Olivia showed Joe the reaction and he was completely blown away.
Olivia said: ‘Going from being told my husband and I might never have a baby to conceiving naturally when we had stopped trying brings on a whirlwind of emotions.
‘Announcing such happy news during a very sad time with my dad was definitely bittersweet.
‘I’m so thankful we have the moment captured on video telling him we were pregnant so that we can share that with our son one day.’
What is Early Onset Alzheimer’s – and who gets it?
Early-onset (also called young-onset) Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that affects people younger than age 65.
About 5% to 6% of people with Alzheimer’s disease develop symptoms before age 65. So if 4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s, around 200,000 to 240,000 people have the young-onset form of the disease.
Most people with young-onset Alzheimer’s develop symptoms of the disease when they are between 30 and 60 years old.
Most people with young-onset Alzheimer’s have the most common form of the disease, called sporadic Alzheimer’s.
This type isn’t caused by genetics, and experts don’t know why these people get the disease at a younger age than others do.
Young-onset (also called early-onset) Alzheimer’s is an uncommon form of dementia that affects people younger than age 65.
But others with young-onset Alzheimer’s have a type of the disease called familial Alzheimer’s disease.
They’re likely to have a parent or grandparent who also developed Alzheimer’s at a younger age.
Young-onset Alzheimer’s that runs in families is linked to three genes — the APP, PSEN 1 and PSEN 2 — that differ from the APOE gene that can increase your risk of Alzheimer’s in general.
Together, these three genes are present in less than 1% of all people with Alzheimer’s but in about 11% of people with young-onset Alzheimer’s.
If you have a genetic mutation in one of those three genes, you may develop Alzheimer’s before age 65.
Source: The Mayo Clinic