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Video of blind mother seeing baby for first time goes viral


  • World
  • Sunday, 25 Jan 2015

 A screengrab of the video showing Kathy Beitz using the eSight glasses to help her see her son.

A screengrab of the video showing Kathy Beitz using the eSight glasses to help her see her son.

WASHINGTON: A video showing a legally blind mother in Canada getting to look at her newborn child for the first time, thanks to vision-enhancing glasses, has gone viral.

The video posted on YouTube showed 29-year-old Kathy Beitz seeing her newborn boy with the aid of a bulky black headset.

“For the first baby that I get to actually look at, being my own is very overwhelming,” Beitz said in the popular video.

Beitz has genetic macular degeneration known as Stargardt disease. She was able to see her new son with the aid of eSight glasses that enhance video in real time.

The enhanced images allow people who are not totally blind to see the world around them.

“She gave birth and she instantly wanted to see him,” said Yvonne Felix, Beitz’s sister who posted the video.

Felix, who has the same disease, is raising money so that more people can access the glasses at makeblindnesshistory.com. - AFP

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