YouTuber Carl James flies across the globe to surprise his mom in the hospital

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Get your tissues ready.

YouTuber Carl James surprised his mom in the hospital before her kidney transplant, and his video about it will make you cry. 

Some backstory: James’ mother has been fighting a disease for 10 years, and recently got the good news that she could get the kidney transplant she needed. But since James’ family lives in the U.S. and he’s more than 4,000 miles away in Germany, he hadn’t planned on seeing his mother before her big day. 

Then, at the last minute, “with the help of some amazing family friends,” James was able to fly out in time to surprise his mom at the hospital an hour before her operation. He brought a camera with him.

Make sure you watch until the end, too, because he gets to surprise his sister the same way later on in the day. 

Screengrab via Carl James/YouTube

Christine Friar

Christine Friar

Christine Friar is a writer and editor in New York who focuses on streaming entertainment and internet culture. Her work has appeared in the Awl, the Fader, New York Magazine, Paper Magazine, Vogue, Elle, and more.