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Worldwide attention helps signing girl spread message

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CLEARWATER (FOX 13) -

Tom Koch owns a scuba businesses in Pinellas County, teaching diving to both the deaf and those able to hear.

But business took a backseat Friday when little Claire climbed into Daddy's chair and they again watched at a video that's captured his heart -- along with the hearts of three million others.

Little Claire has been transformed into an internet sensation by a FOX 13 story earlier this week.

The 5-year-old attends Plumb Elementary School in Clearwater and her parents showed us a video of her using sign language during a school program.

Both of her parents are deaf, but she wanted them to hear the words to songs like Rudolph the Red-Nose Reindeer.

The story aired Wednesday, right after the interpreter at Nelson Mandela's funeral was exposed as a phony. The Kochs wanted the world to see how important and easy sign language is to learn, and the world has certainly got the message, with more than 3 million YouTube views a few days later.

"The South African incident was really bad news, but now we can put that behind us because Claire has put the spotlight on sign language and growing up with deaf parents," Tom offered Friday.

WATCH THE YOUTUBE VIDEO: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zQeygYqOn8g

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