It’s stories like this that you’ve got to appreciate on a Monday to get the week off to a great start, as ABC News featured a story about a 12-year-old named Christopher Wald Jr. who was born legally blind and, thanks to revolutionary tech glasses, got to see what his mom looks like for the first time in his life.
The young kid traveled to D.C. to try on a demo pair of a new eSight headset, with donations being raised to help cover the insurance cost of the $15,000 glasses.
Per Complex, here’s what Christopher’s mom Marquita Hackley told ABC News:
“The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, ‘Oh, Mommy! There you are!'” Marquita Hackley told ABC News of the eSight demo last week. “And then to hear him say ‘I saw my mom, and she was very pretty’ was so heartwarming.” However, Hackley notes, the fact that her son was able to see her at all “meant the world” to them both. In addition to seeing his mother for the first time, Ward also got the chance to sneak in a classic SpongeBob SquarePants episode.
The remarkable glasses use a high-speed camera that snaps live video for the user, which is then immediately transferred to an LED screen to display “unprecedented visual clarity.”
OK, where are some tissues, because I’ve got a little something in both of my eyes after seeing this.