Blind mom Kathy Beitz has received a gift that wouldn’t have been possible 10 years ago. Using eSight glasses, she has been granted the opportunity to see her newborn infant for the first time.
Video of the delightful meeting hit the web on January 21, and already it’s up to more than 761,000 views on YouTube. It should hit 1 million by the end of the month.
(Come on, people, if you’re going to watch Miley Cyrus swing naked on a wrecking ball 741 million times, you’ve got to show this thing a little more love.)
The especially touching thing about this video is that it doesn’t just capture Kathy Beitz seeing her baby for the first time, but it captures her seeing the first baby she’s ever seen in her life.
That’s right. Never before was Kathy able to look at the tiny little fingers and toes of a newborn, and the first time she did, it was her own — a feeling she called “overwhelming.”
“And even to look at my husband looking at him, it was such a good feeling.”
Looking at her little boy, Kathy said she “got to fall in love with him.”
Now before you start thinking this is an end to blindness, it’s worth noting that the blind mom is legally blind, but not suffering from total blindness.
There is still a ways to go before eSight glasses, and the movement behind it, will be able to stamp out blindness altogether, but the $15,000 specs are a welcome leap in the effort to cure blindness.
According to a report from the CBC, eSight glasses are equipped with a video camera that sits over the bridge of the wearer’s nose. Images captured by the camera are enhanced and then projected onto high definition screens in front of the eyes.
“Their eyes actually perceive more when they look at the screen than they can with their natural eyesight,” said Taylor West, a spokesman for the company.
Commenters were overcome with the feels for this video, and I can’t blame them.
“A beautiful story!” said one. “I can’t imagine not being able to see. How horrified I would be if I lost my sight.”
“I think we should be spending money on this sort of thing rather than spending billions sending a space craft to a comet to gather evidence of life,” said another.
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