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Blind Man Sees Wife and Baby for the First Time, His Reaction Makes Everyone Cry

Gene Purdie, a legally blind man, got emotional when technology helped him see his wife and son for the first time ever.

Gene Purdie, a resident of Denver, Colorado, was born with Stargardt’s Disease. However, he was only formally diagnosed when he was 16 years old. Although he could see when he was younger, his eyesight has only steadily deteriorated as he got older.

A feature on the Foundation Fighting Blindness (FFB) website defines Stargardt’s Disease as “the most common form of inherited juvenile macular degeneration.”

FFB went on to explain:

“The progressive vision loss associated with Stargardt disease is caused by the death of photoreceptor cells in the central portion of the retina called the macula.”

The macula is responsible for sharp central vision. It processes images for tasks like reading, watching TV, and looking at faces.

Gene was born with Stargardt's Disease which got worse as he grew older.

This means that Gene can only see faint images around the edges of whatever he looks at. Nevertheless, he learned to cope with his condition. In fact, he coped with it so well that many people couldn’t tell that his eyesight was deteriorating.

This is what the world looks like in Gene’s eyes.

Gene met his wife, Joy, exactly 16 years after his Stargardt’s Disease diagnosis. By that time, Gene was already declared as legally blind. In fact, Joy relates that when she first saw Gene, she thought he didn’t like her. “I kept waving at him and he just kept passing by,” she recalled.

Gene uses his phone's camera to read.

Nevertheless, the two fell in love and got married. They now have a baby son named Lincoln. But, in this sense, he has technically never really seen his wife or his baby son. That was why when The Rachael Ray Show — in collaboration with the company eSight — said they wanted to help people with Stargardt’s Disease, Joy immediately wrote to them about Gene.

Gene coped so well that it's easy to forget he's blind.

Fortunately for Gene, US TV personality Rachael Ray picked him to be part of a special segment on her show. It so happened that a representative from the company eSight was also there to demonstrate the capabilities of their revolutionary eyewear.

The eSight glasses — which looks more like a virtual reality headset — helps people with severe vision impairments to see things clearly. The device has uses HD camera technology to provide a customized image for the wearer.

Watch Gene’s reaction when he sees his wife and son for the first time.

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We can’t get over Gene’s being overcome with emotion when he sees Joy and Lincoln for the first time. People were especially touched when he turned to Joy and simply blurted out, “She’s pretty!” Joy couldn’t help but cry tears of happiness. It wasn’t the compliment that really made her cry with happiness, it was seeing the man she loved finally experiencing something that many of us take for granted.

Gene’s other family members joined them on stage.

Gene and his family were even more overwhelmed when they learned that eSight was giving the special eyewear worth $15,000 to Gene. For the joy that it brings to him, it’s really priceless.

Joy tried to hold back her tears but couldn’t.

It’s during moments like this one that we truly appreciate the wonders of technology and its capacity to bring happiness to people facing physical challenges.

68 Comments

  1. LI LI

    April 4, 2018 at 6:18 PM

    Someones cutting onions near me again 🙄🙄😔😏

  2. Chan Bit Nee

    February 21, 2017 at 10:28 AM

    Matt Tan Jeremy Tan

  3. Joy Christina

    February 21, 2017 at 6:21 AM

    Gene Junior

  4. Robert Matias Ramirez

    February 21, 2017 at 5:44 AM

    Christel John Yu Elizabeth Ramirez Vargas

  5. Marielle Estrella Rabulan

    February 21, 2017 at 3:43 AM

    Always be thankful if you are healthy, appreciate the gift of God..

  6. Bien Custorio

    February 20, 2017 at 11:58 PM

    Jofelle Mariam Custorio GenRev Jordan Custorio Chutche Laurel Custorio

  7. Dima Hajjaj

    February 20, 2017 at 11:33 PM

    Amer Hajjaj

  8. Grace Pua

    February 20, 2017 at 10:48 PM

    Sana

  9. Penina Njeri

    February 20, 2017 at 8:02 PM

    txs to God

  10. Cherry Sy Lim

    February 20, 2017 at 1:09 PM

    Pwede ba to Kay dad? Grace Pua Teeny Sy-Candelaria

  11. Robert Alias Barundia

    February 20, 2017 at 10:51 AM

    If i have enough money i buy for my premature baby i want her to see this world but its only a dream..so sad

  12. Michael Jake Gelig

    February 20, 2017 at 9:58 AM

    Michael Jake Gelig

  13. Bruce Lee

    February 19, 2017 at 10:32 AM

    This would be great for people with no vision or blind

  14. Cj Victoria

    February 19, 2017 at 7:30 AM

    Such a great technology but hearing the price which costs $15,000 , it breaks my heart. 🙁

  15. Richard Zabate Jr.

    February 19, 2017 at 12:51 AM

    wow..amazing.

  16. Joehnald Arellano

    February 19, 2017 at 12:42 AM

    oh, mao jud na ang naa didto sa ATG…

  17. Happy Batanes

    February 19, 2017 at 12:03 AM

    I used to be legally blind… and i know how it feels

  18. Julie Go Caballero

    February 18, 2017 at 10:54 PM

    Jaypee Peros

  19. Azrul Amila Amir

    February 18, 2017 at 10:27 PM

    Nik Johan Ardy

  20. Antwan K Aphane

    February 18, 2017 at 6:52 PM

    Beautiful wife

  21. Paki's Jenni

    February 18, 2017 at 4:11 PM

    Rani Afa

  22. Kenny Kramek

    February 18, 2017 at 3:48 PM

    Susan Kramek

  23. Maria Yvette

    February 18, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Lauren Cole

  24. Raymund Pedro

    February 18, 2017 at 1:18 PM

    Wow so great CONGRats

  25. Carol Santos

    February 18, 2017 at 12:51 PM

    Amen.

  26. Syeda Tehniat Hashmi

    February 18, 2017 at 12:47 PM

    Arsalan Khan I can’t. .

  27. Jake P. Lariosa

    February 18, 2017 at 11:12 AM

    Tita Daisy Princess Vicky Oledan Stubblefield 😍

  28. Sara Taki

    February 18, 2017 at 11:07 AM

    Happy for the family!
    Look like an xmen character 😁😁😁

  29. Analiza Molvizar Tompong

    February 18, 2017 at 9:46 AM

    kuya Joehnald Arellano nara to oh..nice kau

  30. EErrnn Alipoon Heredero

    February 18, 2017 at 9:07 AM

    This invention is so amazing! Where ca we buy ?

  31. Humayun Faiz

    February 18, 2017 at 8:12 AM

    Just wow

  32. Dannah Mae Ganaganag Labasan

    February 18, 2017 at 7:51 AM

    Hope to have this in the Philippines. It will surely give happiness to people who are legally blind. Let us help them see the world where they live.

  33. Francis Gerolani Torre

    February 18, 2017 at 7:39 AM

    Pati man kmu toink .. ..

  34. Akthar Ghouse

    February 18, 2017 at 5:31 AM

    👏👏👏

  35. Mea Gan

    February 18, 2017 at 5:05 AM

    Amen

  36. Aidita Monty Nash

    February 18, 2017 at 3:21 AM

    Brittany Francis

  37. Adnelgeam Noscet

    February 18, 2017 at 3:07 AM

    How I wish this technology will be available in the Philippines. I want to avail one for my mom. Even for just a minute for her to see her grandchildren.

  38. Bidyasagar Ningthoujam

    February 18, 2017 at 3:00 AM

    So happy n God bless u

  39. Marvin Pino Deximo

    February 18, 2017 at 2:38 AM

    I dont know how this happened. But maybe, his round eyes were taken and a nerves that route to the eyes were electrically connected to that device.

  40. Marvin Pino Deximo

    February 18, 2017 at 2:34 AM

    That thinks me of loving the technology for the second time. Great job!

  41. Jack Fraser-Fazldad

    February 18, 2017 at 1:19 AM

    ‘Wrong Number’ – Blind guy.

  42. ChenChen Manguiob

    February 18, 2017 at 12:10 AM

    Wonderfull

  43. Don Ozel

    February 17, 2017 at 11:19 PM

    Amazing….i love technology.

  44. Nikita O'Brien

    February 17, 2017 at 10:02 PM

    Aaaaaarrrrggghhhh y did i watch this for???? Not i have a runny nose from crying 😢😢😢😢😜😜

  45. Elezer Bernardo

    February 17, 2017 at 8:37 PM

    Rose Ann Sore

  46. ZoexaN Ong

    February 17, 2017 at 5:45 PM

    Ronni Cerson Koh ini keknya cocok buat loe. Kalo Lo sama Kek Dia gejalanya

  47. Brigette Knight

    February 17, 2017 at 5:17 PM

    That is wonderful, can you please direct me where and who is the doctor that specialize in this? The reason why because my son is diagnosed legally blind unable to walk. Thank you elite readers….

  48. Fay Noreen Tanoy

    February 17, 2017 at 2:55 PM

    Janowitzki Koloshnikov 😭

  49. Mariano Blanco

    February 17, 2017 at 2:44 PM

    I’m glad she us not ugly..otherwise he prefers not to see.

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