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Blind Woman Sees Her Newborn Baby For The First Time (Video)

23/01/2015 12:37 | Updated 20 May 2015

Blind woman sees her newborn baby for the first time (Video)

This is the incredible moment a blind woman sees her newborn baby for the first time.

Kathy Beitz has been legally blind since childhood, and was given the gift of sight just after she gave birth to her son, thanks to new technology.

Kathy was loaned the special eSight glasses form Sight Corporation - the company behind new technology that allows legally blind people to see.

The amazing footage of the moment Kathy met her son – the first baby she had ever seen – was uploaded to YouTube by her sister, Yvonne.

Speaking about the birth, Kathy said: "For the first baby that I get to actually look at being my own is very overwhelming.

"Even to look at my husband looking at him was such a good feeling. I got to fall in love with him."

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Yvonne, who is also legally blind, arranged for the glasses to be loaned as she wasn't able to see her own babies at birth – and she didn't want her sister to also miss out.

Speaking to HuffPost Parents in America, Yvonne said: "Kathy got to see what my struggles were and the things that I missed out on and the things that were hard for me as a parent.

"Something like being able to see your baby when it's born - I didn't get that experience. When I first tried the glasses, I had a six-year-old and a two-month-old, so I still never had those first few moments.

"When Kathy tried the glasses and they worked for her she was five months pregnant, and there was this clairvoyance in both of us realising that she never has to experience not seeing her baby. She would have a baby, she'd know what he looks like, she'd fill out birth certificate."

Yvonne has started a fundraising project called #MakeBlindnessHistory to raise money help the legally blind be able to see by purchasing eSights. The glasses can be purchased from the site, but cost $15,000.

Writing on her website, MakeBlindnessHistory.com, Yvonne said: "When we finish raising money for Kathy's eSight, we will raise money for another blind individual's eSight. The another, and another, and another. We won't stop until every blind person who wants to see, gets eSight."

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