Boy Born Blind sees his mother for the first time with electronic glasses

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Thanks to new electronic glasses, a fifth grader who has been legally blind his entire life recently had to the chance to see his mother for the first time

Marquita Hackley and her 12-year-old son, Christopher Ward Jr., traveled to Washington, D.C. from their home in Forest, Virginia a few weeks ago to try eSight, a new wearable technology that allows people with vision loss to actually see.

The little boy was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, which means that before birth, his optic nerve never fully developed.

Hackley ,32, told ABC News that her son 'only has little light perception in his left eye and very, very low vision in his right eye.'

Christopher Ward Jr. (right), was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, which means that before birth, his optic nerve never fully developed. His mother, Marquita Hackley (left), says that Christopher has been legally blind his entire life

Christopher Ward Jr. (right), was born with optic nerve hypoplasia, which means that before birth, his optic nerve never fully developed. His mother, Marquita Hackley (left), says that Christopher has been legally blind his entire life

traveled to Washington, D.C. from Forest, Virginia a few weeks ago to try eSight, a new wearable technology that allows people with vision loss to actually see.

Hackley said he 'only has little light perception in his left eye and very, very low vision in his right eye'

They traveled to Washington, D.C. from Virginia a few weeks ago to try eSight, a new wearable technology that allows people with vision loss to actually see. Hackley said he 'only has little light perception in his left eye and very, very low vision in his right eye'

Like any mother, Hackley (above with Christopher wearing eSight) became emotional when she was able to witness her son try on the eSight device and 'really see for the first time in his 12 years of life.'

Like any mother, Hackley (above with Christopher wearing eSight) became emotional when she was able to witness her son try on the eSight device and 'really see for the first time in his 12 years of life.'

'Something has to be up in his face, almost touching for him to see it,' she told ABC News.

'And even though Ward wears glasses on a daily basis, they're more for protection than vision because there is a strong possibility he could lose the little sight he does have if were to get hurt or hit on the face.'

Like any mother, Hackley became emotional when she was able to witness her son try on the eSight device and 'really see for the first time in his 12 years of life.'

'The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, 'Oh, Mommy! There you are!' Hackley told ABC News.

'And then to hear him say, 'I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,' was so heartwarming.

'And aside from pretty, just the fact he could even see me meant the whole world to me.

Hackley told ABC News: 'The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, 'Oh, Mommy! There you are! 'And then to hear him say, 'I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,' was so heartwarming'

Hackley told ABC News: 'The very first thing he did was turn to me and say, 'Oh, Mommy! There you are! 'And then to hear him say, 'I saw my mom, and she was very pretty,' was so heartwarming'

The mother believes that the new technology could change her son's life dramatically and also open up more opportunities like getting more chances to stay in regular classes

The mother believes that the new technology could change her son's life dramatically and also open up more opportunities like getting more chances to stay in regular classes

According to the company's website, their hands-free headset has a small, high-speed camera that captures live video which is then sent to a LED screen in front of the person's eyes who are wearing them.

It allows them to see with 'unprecedented visual clarity,' the website says.

In addition, Ward had the opportunity to watch SpongeBob, his favorite TV show, his mother said.

She told ABC News that though he 'watches TV a little bit at home, in order to see anything, he has to be directly up on the TV.'

Despite being so close to the screen, Hackley said that 'even then, he still can't see all that clearly.'

She hopes that it will help him learn how to read and write print, as he currently uses a braille reader and writer (above) to communicate through text, she explained

She hopes that it will help him learn how to read and write print, as he currently uses a braille reader and writer (above) to communicate through text, she explained

Hackley's insurance does not cover the $15,000 cost for the glasses, so she started a YouCaring.com campaign to raise the money.

So far, more than $25,000 has been donated since the fundraiser was launched April 27.

The mother believes that the new technology could change her son's life dramatically and also open up more opportunities like getting more chances to stay in regular classes.

She hopes that it will help him learn how to read and write print, as he currently uses a braille reader and writer to communicate through text, she explained.

'Christopher is just a very loving kid, always happy and never complains about anything,' Hackley told ABC News. 'I'll do anything to help get him what he deserves.

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