Legally Blind Boy Sees His Mother for the First Time After 12 Years
Christopher Ward Jr., has been legally blind since birth—but thanks to his new electronic glasses, he was able to see his mother for the first time.
Ward, a fifth grader from Forest, Virginia went to Washington D.C. with his mom, Marquita Hackley, for a trial demonstration of the eSight’s electronic glasses.
“The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, ‘Oh, Mommy! There you are!” Hackley, 32, told ABC News today. “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.”
Ward was also able to watch his favorite TV show, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
According to eSight’s website, eSight is a hands-free headset which contains a small, high-speed camera that captures live video; it is then sent to an LED screen in front of the user’s eyes, allowing them to see with “unprecedented visual clarity.”
Ward, 12, was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, meaning that he can only see objects from up close.
“As a mother going 12 years with your child not being able to clearly see, I don’t really have words for it,” she told the New York Daily News.
However, on April 28, Hackley told ABC News she couldn’t afford to buy the glasses. She indicated it cost $15,000 and her insurance didn’t cover it.
So, she ended up setting up a crowdfunding page on YouCaring.com yesterday, which surpassed its initial $15,000 goal.
As of Friday, April 29, the total now stands at $25, 704.
Hackley is set to order Ward his electronic glasses soon, and the remaining change, will go into a trust fund so that he can go off to college, according to the Daily Mail.
“I want to say thank you a million times to each and everyone of you that have donated,” Hackley posted on the crowdfunding page. “Each of you have helped us shatter the goal! Thank you again and God Bless!”