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(NEW YORK POST) — Until last week, 21-year-old David Bloch had never asked a question.
The nonverbal, severely autistic man suffers from an immunodeficiency disorder which has kept him isolated while growing up in Neptune Beach, Florida.
What he finally asked broke his mother’s heart.
“I could tell he was thinking or processing something. He then just looks at me and goes: ‘Would someone like me?’ ” his mom, 61-year-old Kerry Bloch, tells the BBC.
“I was flabbergasted. That’s the first question he has ever said to me. I left the room because I had to cry. I didn’t want David to think I was upset,” she says. Once she’d collected herself, she told him she was sure there were “thousands of people out there” who would like him. She then logged on to Twitter to prove it.
Kerry posted his query — and was shocked when the internet inundated her with kindness. Her tweet has received nearly 75,000 likes.
“You have a whole team that likes you and is a fan of you, David!” responded the Jacksonville Jaguars, with a video of the players sending David individual messages.
Utah Jazz player Joe Ingles also sent support.
“Kerry, there is 2 people in Utah that like your son a lot, my wife @RenaeIngles & I!” he tweeted. “We would love to invite you guys to a Jazz game!”
Many others responded saying they, too, have autistic loved ones. “You are special David!” wrote one such person. “We have an autistic family member who pours out love & holds a special place in all our hearts. Now you & your mom hold a special place in mine.”
“I’ve read every single reply and message to him,” Kerry tells the “Today” show. “We’ve been up day and night for the last six days trying to answer every single message and tweet.”
Despite being nonverbal, David has responded to some images with single-word reactions.
“He’ll be looking at a picture and say, ‘Nice, pretty, funny,’ ” says Kerry.
The video from the Jaguars moved him the most.
“He was in tears,” Kerry tells “Today.” “I think he’s watched it about a hundred times now, and he’s just amazed by that.”
David’s immunodeficiency disorder makes 80 percent of his immune system function improperly, hindering his social experiences growing up.
“He’s never been around friends, he’s never been to parties or anything like that,” says Kerry. “I just feel like he missed so much.”
David is her only child with husband Robert, 56, and she considers him her “miracle baby,” having had him after multiple fertility treatments and being told by doctors there was no chance they could have a baby.
The viral tweet and outpouring of kindness has made David “a changed boy,” she tells the BBC. In response to all the love, David posed with a note he’d written, which his mom posted as well.
“Thank you friends for liking me,” it reads.
“He came up to me last night before he went to bed and said, ‘Trust people,’ ” says Kerry.
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