(CNN)Democratic presidential candidate Kamala Harris recalls the moment her mother was diagnosed with cancer in video of an emotional exchange released Thursday.

The first voice you hear on the video clip is a computerized one, coming from Ady Barkan, an ALS patient and advocate for “Medicare for All” who has lost his ability to walk, talk and eat on his own. Seated across from him is Harris, who is meeting with Barkan to talk about health care in the 2020 presidential campaign.Barkan, who has conducted interviews with several 2020 Democratic contenders, asks Harris about the day she learned her mother, Shyamala Gopalan, was diagnosed with cancer, a topic Harris talks about frequently on the campaign trail.”You’ve written that the day your mother was diagnosed with cancer was one of the worst days of your life,” Barkan says. “Tell me about that.”Bernie Sanders talks health care and legacies with dying advocate Ady BarkanBernie Sanders talks health care and legacies with dying advocate Ady BarkanBernie Sanders talks health care and legacies with dying advocate Ady BarkanHarris slowly tells a familiar story, but then her voice falters.Read More”She took our hands and she said she’d been diagnosed with colon cancer,” says Harris, recalling her mother talking to her and her sister, Maya Harris. “That was one of the worst days of my life, truly. But, you know, it is also, as, you know, and your family knows…”Harris’s face is hard to see in Barkan’s video, recorded in a side shot. But her voice is breaking, and she whispers, “Just give me a second.”Harris tears up as she recalls seeing her mother explain that she will die. Gopalan, who raised her daughters as a single mother, would not live to see her daughter run for President. The California senator attempts to return to the telling the story and explain her vision of health care.”It is about going through a system that is complicated,” she says. In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisIn photos: Presidential candidate Kamala Harris Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisUS Sen. Kamala Harris smiles during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. Harris was announcing that she was running for president.US Sen. Kamala Harris smiles during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. Harris was announcing that she was running for president. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisUS Sen. Kamala Harris smiles during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. Harris was announcing that she was running for president.Hide Caption 1 of 35A young Harris is seen with her mother, Shyamala, in this photo that was posted on Harris' Facebook page in March 2017. "My mother was born in India and came to the United States to study at UC Berkeley, where she eventually became an endocrinologist and breast-cancer researcher," <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KamalaHarris/photos/a.391094312922/10155496671372923/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Harris wrote.</a> "She, and so many other strong women in my life, showed me the importance of community involvement and public service."A young Harris is seen with her mother, Shyamala, in this photo that was posted on Harris' Facebook page in March 2017. "My mother was born in India and came to the United States to study at UC Berkeley, where she eventually became an endocrinologist and breast-cancer researcher," <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KamalaHarris/photos/a.391094312922/10155496671372923/?type=3&theater" target="_blank">Harris wrote.</a> "She, and so many other strong women in my life, showed me the importance of community involvement and public service." Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisA young Harris is seen with her mother, Shyamala, in this photo that was posted on Harris’ Facebook page in March 2017. “My mother was born in India and came to the United States to study at UC Berkeley, where she eventually became an endocrinologist and breast-cancer researcher,” Harris wrote. “She, and so many other strong women in my life, showed me the importance of community involvement and public service.”Hide Caption 2 of 35Harris and her younger sister, Maya, pose for a Christmas photo in 1968.Harris and her younger sister, Maya, pose for a Christmas photo in 1968. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris and her younger sister, Maya, pose for a Christmas photo in 1968.Hide Caption 3 of 35Harris rides a carousel in this old photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/3g64_Qrv3_/" target="_blank">she posted to social media in 2015.</a> Her name, Kamala, comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower.Harris rides a carousel in this old photo <a href="https://www.instagram.com/p/3g64_Qrv3_/" target="_blank">she posted to social media in 2015.</a> Her name, Kamala, comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris rides a carousel in this old photo she posted to social media in 2015. Her name, Kamala, comes from the Sanskrit word for the lotus flower.Hide Caption 4 of 35Harris tweeted this photo of her as a child after referencing it during a Democratic debate in June 2019. During the debate, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/28/politics/biden-vs-harris-democratic-debate/index.html" target="_blank">she confronted Joe Biden</a> over his opposition many years ago to the federal government mandating busing to integrate schools. "There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school," <a href="https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1144427976609734658" target="_blank">she tweeted.</a> "That little girl was me."Harris tweeted this photo of her as a child after referencing it during a Democratic debate in June 2019. During the debate, <a href="https://www.cnn.com/2019/06/28/politics/biden-vs-harris-democratic-debate/index.html" target="_blank">she confronted Joe Biden</a> over his opposition many years ago to the federal government mandating busing to integrate schools. "There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school," <a href="https://twitter.com/KamalaHarris/status/1144427976609734658" target="_blank">she tweeted.</a> "That little girl was me." Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris tweeted this photo of her as a child after referencing it during a Democratic debate in June 2019. During the debate, she confronted Joe Biden over his opposition many years ago to the federal government mandating busing to integrate schools. “There was a little girl in California who was bussed to school,” she tweeted. “That little girl was me.”Hide Caption 5 of 35Harris graduates from law school in 1989. "My first grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson (left), came to cheer me on," Harris said. "My mom was pretty proud, too."Harris graduates from law school in 1989. "My first grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson (left), came to cheer me on," Harris said. "My mom was pretty proud, too." Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris graduates from law school in 1989. “My first grade teacher, Mrs. Wilson (left), came to cheer me on,” Harris said. “My mom was pretty proud, too.”Hide Caption 6 of 35Harris is joined by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, left, and the Rev. Cecil  Williams, center, for a San Francisco march celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2004. Harris was the city's district attorney from 2004 to 2011.Harris is joined by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, left, and the Rev. Cecil  Williams, center, for a San Francisco march celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2004. Harris was the city's district attorney from 2004 to 2011. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris is joined by San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom, left, and the Rev. Cecil Williams, center, for a San Francisco march celebrating Martin Luther King Jr. in January 2004. Harris was the city’s district attorney from 2004 to 2011.Hide Caption 7 of 35Harris speaks to supporters before a "No on K" news conference in October 2008. The San Francisco ballot measure Proposition K sought to stop enforcing laws against prostitution. It was voted down on election day.Harris speaks to supporters before a "No on K" news conference in October 2008. The San Francisco ballot measure Proposition K sought to stop enforcing laws against prostitution. It was voted down on election day. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks to supporters before a “No on K” news conference in October 2008. The San Francisco ballot measure Proposition K sought to stop enforcing laws against prostitution. It was voted down on election day.Hide Caption 8 of 35Harris looks over seized guns following a news conference in Sacramento, California, in June 2011. Harris became California's attorney general in January 2011 and held that office until 2017. She was the first African-American, the first woman and the first Asian-American to become California's attorney general.Harris looks over seized guns following a news conference in Sacramento, California, in June 2011. Harris became California's attorney general in January 2011 and held that office until 2017. She was the first African-American, the first woman and the first Asian-American to become California's attorney general. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris looks over seized guns following a news conference in Sacramento, California, in June 2011. Harris became California’s attorney general in January 2011 and held that office until 2017. She was the first African-American, the first woman and the first Asian-American to become California’s attorney general.Hide Caption 9 of 35Harris attends the Democratic Party's state convention in February 2012.Harris attends the Democratic Party's state convention in February 2012. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris attends the Democratic Party’s state convention in February 2012.Hide Caption 10 of 35Harris watches California Gov. Jerry Brown sign copies of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights in July 2012.Harris watches California Gov. Jerry Brown sign copies of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights in July 2012. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris watches California Gov. Jerry Brown sign copies of the California Homeowner Bill of Rights in July 2012.Hide Caption 11 of 35Harris speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.Harris speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks on the second night of the 2012 Democratic National Convention.Hide Caption 12 of 35In May 2013, Harris and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow place a wreath honoring Highway Patrol officers who were killed in the line of duty. In May 2013, Harris and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow place a wreath honoring Highway Patrol officers who were killed in the line of duty. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisIn May 2013, Harris and California Highway Patrol Commissioner Joe Farrow place a wreath honoring Highway Patrol officers who were killed in the line of duty. Hide Caption 13 of 35Harris officiates the wedding of Kris Perry, left, and Sandy Stier in June 2013. Perry and Stier were married after a federal appeals court cleared the way for California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Harris officiates the wedding of Kris Perry, left, and Sandy Stier in June 2013. Perry and Stier were married after a federal appeals court cleared the way for California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris officiates the wedding of Kris Perry, left, and Sandy Stier in June 2013. Perry and Stier were married after a federal appeals court cleared the way for California to immediately resume issuing marriage licenses to same-sex couples.Hide Caption 14 of 35Harris is flanked by her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and her sister, Maya. Next to Maya Harris is Maya's daughter, Meena, and Maya's husband, Tony West.Harris is flanked by her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and her sister, Maya. Next to Maya Harris is Maya's daughter, Meena, and Maya's husband, Tony West. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris is flanked by her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and her sister, Maya. Next to Maya Harris is Maya’s daughter, Meena, and Maya’s husband, Tony West.Hide Caption 15 of 35Harris receives a gift from supporters in January 2015, after she announced plans to run for the US Senate.Harris receives a gift from supporters in January 2015, after she announced plans to run for the US Senate. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris receives a gift from supporters in January 2015, after she announced plans to run for the US Senate.Hide Caption 16 of 35Harris speaks during a news conference in February 2015.Harris speaks during a news conference in February 2015. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks during a news conference in February 2015.Hide Caption 17 of 35Harris, as a new member of the Senate, participates in a re-enacted swearing-in with Vice President Joe Biden in January 2017. She is the first Indian-American and the second African-American woman to serve as a US senator.Harris, as a new member of the Senate, participates in a re-enacted swearing-in with Vice President Joe Biden in January 2017. She is the first Indian-American and the second African-American woman to serve as a US senator. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris, as a new member of the Senate, participates in a re-enacted swearing-in with Vice President Joe Biden in January 2017. She is the first Indian-American and the second African-American woman to serve as a US senator.Hide Caption 18 of 35Harris talks with former US Sen. Bob Dole on Capitol Hill in January 2017.Harris talks with former US Sen. Bob Dole on Capitol Hill in January 2017. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris talks with former US Sen. Bob Dole on Capitol Hill in January 2017.Hide Caption 19 of 35Harris attends the Women's March on Washington in January 2017.Harris attends the Women's March on Washington in January 2017. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris attends the Women’s March on Washington in January 2017.Hide Caption 20 of 35Harris speaks to Fatima and Yuleni Avelica, whose father was deported, before a news conference on Capitol Hill in March 2017.Harris speaks to Fatima and Yuleni Avelica, whose father was deported, before a news conference on Capitol Hill in March 2017. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks to Fatima and Yuleni Avelica, whose father was deported, before a news conference on Capitol Hill in March 2017.Hide Caption 21 of 35Harris greets a crowd at an event in Richmond, Virginia, in October 2017.Harris greets a crowd at an event in Richmond, Virginia, in October 2017. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris greets a crowd at an event in Richmond, Virginia, in October 2017.Hide Caption 22 of 35In November 2017, Harris was among the lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee grilling Silicon Valley giants over the role that their platforms inadvertently played in Russia's meddling in US politics.In November 2017, Harris was among the lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee grilling Silicon Valley giants over the role that their platforms inadvertently played in Russia's meddling in US politics. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisIn November 2017, Harris was among the lawmakers on the Senate Intelligence Committee grilling Silicon Valley giants over the role that their platforms inadvertently played in Russia’s meddling in US politics.Hide Caption 23 of 35Harris and her husband attend a Golden State Warriors basketball game in May 2018.Harris and her husband attend a Golden State Warriors basketball game in May 2018. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris and her husband attend a Golden State Warriors basketball game in May 2018.Hide Caption 24 of 35Harris attends a rally with, from left, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, and Newsom's wife, Jennifer, in May 2018. Newsom won the election in November.Harris attends a rally with, from left, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, and Newsom's wife, Jennifer, in May 2018. Newsom won the election in November. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris attends a rally with, from left, California Secretary of State Alex Padilla, gubernatorial candidate Gavin Newsom, and Newsom’s wife, Jennifer, in May 2018. Newsom won the election in November.Hide Caption 25 of 35Harris speaks with US Sen. Cory Booker during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018.Harris speaks with US Sen. Cory Booker during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks with US Sen. Cory Booker during the confirmation hearing for Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh in September 2018.Hide Caption 26 of 35Harris presses Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.Harris presses Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris presses Kavanaugh during his confirmation hearing.Hide Caption 27 of 35Harris arrives with staff for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2018.Harris arrives with staff for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2018. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris arrives with staff for a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing in September 2018.Hide Caption 28 of 35Harris reads from her children's book "Superheroes Are Everywhere" during a book signing in Los Angeles in January 2019. She also released a memoir, "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey."Harris reads from her children's book "Superheroes Are Everywhere" during a book signing in Los Angeles in January 2019. She also released a memoir, "The Truths We Hold: An American Journey." Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris reads from her children’s book “Superheroes Are Everywhere” during a book signing in Los Angeles in January 2019. She also released a memoir, “The Truths We Hold: An American Journey.”Hide Caption 29 of 35A person holds a Harris poster during the Women's March in Los Angeles in January 2019.A person holds a Harris poster during the Women's March in Los Angeles in January 2019. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisA person holds a Harris poster during the Women’s March in Los Angeles in January 2019.Hide Caption 30 of 35Harris speaks during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. She announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Harris speaks during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. She announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks during a news conference at Howard University in Washington in January 2019. She announced her presidential bid on Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Hide Caption 31 of 35Harris speaks during her CNN town-hall event, which was moderated by Jake Tapper in Iowa in January 2019.Harris speaks during her CNN town-hall event, which was moderated by Jake Tapper in Iowa in January 2019. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks during her CNN town-hall event, which was moderated by Jake Tapper in Iowa in January 2019.Hide Caption 32 of 35Media members photograph Harris and the Rev. Al Sharpton as they have lunch at Sylvia's Restaurant in New York in February 2019.Media members photograph Harris and the Rev. Al Sharpton as they have lunch at Sylvia's Restaurant in New York in February 2019. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisMedia members photograph Harris and the Rev. Al Sharpton as they have lunch at Sylvia’s Restaurant in New York in February 2019.Hide Caption 33 of 35Harris confronts former Vice President Joe Biden, left, during the first Democratic debates in June 2019. Harris <a href="https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/democratic-debate-june-27-2019/h_b381d219b33e3de6757b4feb63036316" target="_blank">went after Biden</a> over his early-career opposition to federally mandated busing.Harris confronts former Vice President Joe Biden, left, during the first Democratic debates in June 2019. Harris <a href="https://www.cnn.com/politics/live-news/democratic-debate-june-27-2019/h_b381d219b33e3de6757b4feb63036316" target="_blank">went after Biden</a> over his early-career opposition to federally mandated busing. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris confronts former Vice President Joe Biden, left, during the first Democratic debates in June 2019. Harris went after Biden over his early-career opposition to federally mandated busing.Hide Caption 34 of 35Harris speaks at the Iowa State Fair in August 2019.Harris speaks at the Iowa State Fair in August 2019. Photos: In photos: Presidential candidate Kamala HarrisHarris speaks at the Iowa State Fair in August 2019.Hide Caption 35 of 35kamala harris lead crop RESTRICTED01 kamala harris02 kamala harris03 kamala harris35 kamala harris05 kamala harris07 kamala harris08 kamala harris09 kamala harris10 kamala harris RESTRICTED11 kamala harris12 kamala harris RESTRICTED13 kamala harris14 kamala harris16 kamala harris17 kamala harris RESTRICTED18 kamala harris RETRICTED19 kamala harris20 kamala harris RESTRICTED21 kamala harris RESTRICTED22 kamala harris23 kamala harris RESTRICTED24 kamala harris RESTRICTED25 kamala harris26 kamala harris RESTRICTED28 kamala harris RESTRICTED27 kamala harris29 kamala harris30 kamala harris31 kamala harris32 kamala harris RESTRICTED34 kamala harris33 kamala harris47 2020 dem debate 062719 iowa state fairHarris struggles to regain composure, but as she talks, the loss of her mother a decade ago still hangs on every practiced word. “It is, there are elements of it that work, and elements of it that did not work. Um, give me a second.” Harris is speaking to a terminally ill man on the topic Democrats call among the most personal in their lives. Barkan, 35, was diagnosed in 2016. He is now almost fully paralyzed and conducting the interviews with the aid of a computer that tracks his eye movements and then asks his questions in a synthetic voice.”You know Ady, I knew this was gonna happen!” says Harris, wiping her eyes with a tissue. Harris laughs to soothe any awkwardness. “I was like, ‘I am not gonna tear up.’ I promised myself I was not going to tear up. But you got me,” Harris says.

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