WASHINGTON, D.C. – For all of his 12 years, Christopher Ward Jr. hasn’t been able to see his mother.
That’s because he’s been legally blind since birth, reports ABC News. He was born with optic nerve hypoplasia that only allows him to see light from his left eye. Vision in his right eye is extremely blurry, and he has to be extremely close to something to see it. Even then, he can’t see it very well.
That changed thanks to technology that allowed him to see more clearly and get that elusive first look at his mother. The eSight headset has a small camera that captures video and sends it to an LED screen located right in front of the user’s eyes.
Christopher’s mother, Marquita Hackley, was overcome with emotion when her son first saw her.
“The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, ‘Oh, Mommy! There you are!” Hackley, 32, told ABC News. “And then to hear him say, ‘I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,’ was so heartwarming. And aside from pretty, just the fact he could even see me meant the whole world to me.”
Christopher and his mother are trying to raise money so he can get his own eSight, which costs $15,000 and isn’t covered by their insurance.