Infant with rare condition gets fitted with glasses and sees his mom for the very first time
Most moms can recall the first time they laid eyes on their baby, but very few can say they witnessed the first moment their baby first saw them. One Seattle mom had a pretty incredible moment after her baby, born with a rare eye condition, was fitted with special glasses that helped him see her for the first time. It was caught on video and is the sweetest thing you’ll see this week.
According to The Daily Mail, Leopold Wilbur Reppond, known as Leo, was born with a rare disorder called oculocutaneous albinism. The condition can affect hair, skin and eye color and often, vision. In the case of Leo, he was unable to see anything clearly without assistance.
Fortunately, Los Angeles-based pediatric ophthalmologist Kenneth Wright was able to fit the infant with a special pair of glasses that don’t contain any screws, hinges or sharp edges. They’re made of rubber but contain regular lenses like a normal pair of glasses.
Leo’s parents, David and Erin, decided to have a gathering of family for when they put on the baby’s glasses for the first time. David filmed the amazing moment where Leo first saw his momma. Check out the video here.
Ugh, can you even stand how sweet this is? Watching his tiny face light up when he finally sees the face behind his mother’s obviously familiar voice is nothing short of heart-warming.
David, a filmmaker, tells The Daily Mail, “I had some issues holding the camera because I was crying so much. I was overwhelmed with emotion. It’s just very touching. You cannot anticipate how you’re going to feel when something like that happens. It was very heartwarming.”
Seeing this baby happily gaze upon his mommy for the first time, smiling with his entire adorable face, is enough to make anyone’s heart swell. His parents had spent the first four months of his life knowing he couldn’t see them, with David noting that he used to let Leo rub against his beard so the infant might know who it was holding him. It’s hard to imagine what that must have been like — wanting something that most parents take for granted; the ability for their child to see them.
Of Leo’s transition since gaining his sight, David says, “He’s smiling a lot more and he can see everybody in the room, he’s interacting more. He loves the light and he loves being outdoors where he can see the grass and the blue sky. He loves toys and he’s starting to reach for things. He’s seeing the world differently.”
And no doubt, so are his parents, now that they know their son will be able to see everything he wants to — including his mom and dad.