Since the tender age of 11 years old, Kathy Beitz has been legally blind. With the help of amazing advances in technology today, through special eSight glasses, Beitz was able to see her newborn the day he was brought into this world.
In a YouTube video spreading like wildfire, Beitz gasps and says “Oh my god!” as she holds her new son, Askel, in her hospital bed for the first time.
“Look at his long toes,” she says. “I think he looks like us.”
While 29-year-old Canadian resident Beitz suffers from a kind of macular degenration called Stargardt, she is not completely blind. According to Beitz she has a blind spot in the center of her vision. eSight Eyewear cost around $15,000, and while unfortunately not covered by insurance, she was helped through eSight’s fundraising program.
According to Taylor West, eSight’s outreach director, the special glasses are registered with the U.S. Food And Drug Administration, and work by capturing real-time video which is then enhanced for the legally blind to see. Around 140 people in North America already have eSight glasses.
This was the first time Beitz has ever saw a baby. Her son, Askel, is now 6 weeks old, healthy and doing great. Everyday tasks, such as going to the grocery store, are much easier for her now, thanks to the glasses.
“For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming,” she told the camera.
[H/T ABC News]