How touching! Emotional moment Blind 12-year-old sees mom for first time with aid of electronic glasses

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Christopher Ward, Jr.,a legally blind fifth grader from Virginia, recently got to see his mother for the first time through electronic glasses

12-year-old Virginia fifth grader,  Christopher Ward Jr. sees,  for the first time
Raises enough money to buy wearable sight tech in record time.
Christopher will now get to learn how to read and write

With the aid of eSight electronic glasses, 12-year-old Virginia fifth grader,  Christopher Ward Jr, in an emotional moment captured on camera,  tried out eSight electronic glasses and was able to see his mom for the first time.
“As a mother going 12 years with your child not being able to clearly see, I don’t really have words for it,” said Christopher’s mom, Marquita Hackley.
Christopher, who was born with an optic nerve that wasn’t fully developed, has only been able to see shapes and colors. He’s only been able to make out images by getting really close, and can only watch TV by sitting with his nose to the screen, the 32-year-old mom explained.
The eSight technology, uses a high-speed camera to record video live and then display it on LED screens located right in front of the wearer’s eyes. Hackley discovered the gadget through a news show about wearable electronic sight technology.
“Someone else had bought the glasses and I was kind of skeptical,” Hackley told the Daily News.
“Then, this year I ran across it again and I asked one of his vision teachers about it.”
eSight doesn’t work for all types of blindness, but Hackley decided to have her son give it a try.
During an April trip to Washington, D.C. Christopher did a demo, recorded by ABC News for a special. An emotional Marquita shared her son’s  story.
As soon as Christopher put on the glasses, his mom recalled, he said, “Oh Mommy, there you are.”
“He knew it was me,” .

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Marquita Hackley shared her son’s emotional story“It was very heartwarming and it was amazing.”

During the hour-long try-out, Christopher got to see his mother, and a teacher who came along. He read a little, even though he doesn’t have much experience reading with his eyes.
Also, he got to check out his favorite TV show.
“We put the glasses up to a phone and he got to watch ‘SpongeBob’ on YouTube and it was neat to be able to have him see a full screen,” Hackley said. Normally, Ward would have to sit too close to see the entire screen.
Although the demo went really well, Hackley didn’t think her son would be able to get his own pair of the fantastic frames — the price tag was $15,000.
Christopher Ward, Jr., uses a Braille typewriter to do his school assignments.

Photo: WSET / ABC News

Christopher Ward, Jr., uses a Braille typewriter to do his school assignments.

Then, ABC aired its segment on the family, and donations came pouring in.
“Within minutes, we shot well above our goal of $15,000,” she said.
Now, they just have to order the fifth grader his own pair. With the money left over, Hackley plans to start a trust fund to take care of her son’s future.
Christopher will also get to learn how to read and write. Currently, he does all his school assignments on a Braille typewriter and his textbooks are ordered special every year.
He doesn’t go to a special school, but he gets a lot of one-on-one time with teachers.
Now, when he gets that one-on-one time, he’ll actually be able to see them.


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