It’s a heartwarming moment this mom will never forget.
Marquita Hackley’s son Christopher Ward Jr., who has been legally blind since birth, saw her clearly for the very first time.
“Oh, mommy, there you are!” said the 12-year-old, after donning a pair of $15,000eSight electronic glasses. The headset records video live, which is then displayed on an LED screen right in front of the user’s eyes.
Hackley, from Forest in Virginia, burst into tears during the tender moment.
“And then to hear him say, ‘I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,’ was so heartwarming,” the 32-year-old told ABC News. “And aside from pretty, just the fact he could even see me mean the whole world to me.”
Christopher was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, which means he can only see objects from really up close.
Hackley heard about eSight’s electronic glasses from his vision tutor, and traveled with her son to Washington, D.C., for a trial demonstration. She was astonished when Christopher finally saw her via the screen.
“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.
Christopher also got to watch his favorite TV show, “SpongeBob SquarePants.”
However, Hackley couldn’t afford to buy the glasses. So she set up a crowdfunding page on YouCaring.com — and after the segment on their trip aired on ABC News on Thursday, it quickly surpassed its initial $15,000 goal. The total now stands at $25,241.
She plans to order her son his own pair of the electronic glasses as soon as possible. The rest of the cash will go into a trust fund so that he can eventually go to college.
“I want to say thank you a million times to each and everyone of you that have donated,” Hackley posted on the crowdfunding page. “Each of you have helped us shatter the goal! Thank you again and God Bless!”