Picture of a young man helping a special needs stranger goes viral

A heartwarming photograph has emerged on social media of a young man who allowed a stranger with special needs to hold his hand on a busy bus.

Picture of a young man helping a special needs stranger goes viral

Godfrey Cuotto, was photographed sitting next to a man known as 'Robert' on a busy bus in Ontario, Canada. Daily Mail reported.

Robert who is deaf and suffers from cerebral palsy is said to have needed comforting after being overwhelmed on the busy bus.

The photo, which was first posted on a Facebook page called Only In Hamilton on Wednesday, has since gone viral, with many describing the moment as 'beautiful' and 'perfect'.

'I didn't know if u can post this but I would liking [sic] to say thank you to the guy who was seating beside a special needs gentleman...,' read the caption that accompanied the photo.

'He allowed him to hold his hand and find comfort well in a packed bus.. It make [sic] my day when I see stuff like that.'

The 22-year-old student said he was on his way home on a crowded bus when Robert reached out to him for comfort, initially requesting a handshake.

'He kept holding my hand,' Mr Cuotto told the Huffington Post Canada.

'Sometimes you just have to be selfless and put someone else's needs above yours.'

The young student added that he later received a message on Facebook from Robert's family who praised his efforts for comforting their uncle.

The photo has garnered nearly 45,000 likes with more than 10,000 shares on Facebook and a significant amount of positive feedback.

One man even suggested Mr Cuotto should consider a career in politics.

'Godfrey Cuotto should consider a career in politics! His mother should be his chief of staff! What's more impressive than his act of kindness...his confidence at age 22...how he shrugs off the glory coming his way! Awesome man and a good reminder for the rest of us!,' Stephen Snow wrote.

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