Photo of man comforting stranger on bus goes viral

During the bus ride, Robert, who is also deaf, wrapped his arms around Mr Coutto and kissed his hands (Facebook)
During the bus ride, Robert, who is also deaf, wrapped his arms around Mr Coutto and kissed his hands (Facebook)

A photograph of a young man holding the hand of another man with cerebral palsy on a bus has gained worldwide media attention.

Twenty-one-year-old Godfrey Coutto stepped onto the bus in Hamilton, Canada, last week on his way home from town.

But almost as soon as Mr Coutto sat down, a man named Robert walked up to him, shook his hand and didn't let go for the remainder of the 30-minute ride.

Mr Coutto told Global News he thought he was being pranked, until he realised the man had cerebral palsy.

During the bus ride, Robert, who is also deaf, wrapped his arms around Mr Coutto and kissed his hands.

"This was my first time encountering such a thing. I was obviously freaked out but I tried to understand his position," Mr Coutto told Global News.

Another passenger on the bus took a photo of the pair and posted is on the 'Only In Hamilton' Facebook page, where it's had more than 50,000 likes and 12,000 shares.

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