Marquita Hackley’s son Christopher Ward Jr. has optic nerve hypoplasia, which means he can only see objects that are extremely up close. The 12-year-old boy has been legally blind his entire life, but thanks to the help of a pair of $15,000 eSight electronic glasses, he was able to see his mother for the first time in his life.
Christopher donned the glasses, in which video is recorded live and then displayed on an LED screen right in front of his eyes, and then turned toward his mother as he saw her properly for the first time.
“And then to hear him say, ‘I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,’ was so heartwarming,” Hackley told ABC News. “And aside from pretty, just the fact he could even see me mean the whole world to me.”
“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.
Hackley couldn’t afford to buy the $15,000 glasses, but she set up a crowdfunding page on YouCaring.com and also took her son’s story to news outlets. After ABC News aired their story on Thursday, donations poured in, and Hackley’s goal was far surpassed. Christopher will not only get those glasses but will also have a good fund set up for college with the rest of the money that was donated.