Baby With Albinism Sees Mother Clearly For First Time
A baby being able to see his parents properly for the first time in his life is a moment that melts your heart. Seeing means he can experience and learn new things. It means he can communicate much more easier and point the things he likes.
A video has emerged from the US of a baby’s reaction to seeing his mother for the first time. The footage, captured in Warren County, IA, shows three-month-old Everett - who has a rare disorder called Oculocutaneous Albinism which affects his vision - giggling as he sees his mother with the help of a new pair of glasses. He is one cutie pie who gets very emotional when he clearly sees his mom for the very first time. This will fill your heart with joy. He was born with albinism meaning that he has no pigment in his skin and hair and has debilitating sight problems. He was given special prescription glasses to help him see.
''When our son Everett was two months old, we noticed he was not tracking objects or making direct eye contact, the filmer later wrote online. ''We visited with a pediatric ophthalmologist who suggested Everett has Occulocutaneous Albinism which means he lacks pigment in his eyes, skin and hair.''
The moment his mom puts the glasses on his face, Everett starts smiling at his parents. A super cute sight as he is able to see his parents properly for the first time. Wondering what on earth has happened, little Everett tries to say something in his baby language to work out what has changed.
His mom is asking him repeatedly if he likes his new glasses while Everett just beams back at them. He has a very cute reaction. He won’t stop smiling and babbling. Obviously, he can see his parents more clearly now and focus more easily in their faces.
''It is a rare disorder which seems to be misunderstood or not widely known about, but people with albinism can do anything everyone else can do. They just need some help with vision and protection from the sun.'' ''Our son is doing extremely well with his glasses so far,'' she added.
Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a form of albinism involving the eyes (oculo-), the skin (-cutaneous), and according to some definitions, the hair. Overall, an estimated 1 in 20,000 people worldwide are born with oculocutaneous albinism. OCA is caused by mutations in several genes that control the synthesis of melanin within the melanocytes. Four types of oculocutaneous albinism have been described, all caused by a disruption of melanin synthesis and all autosomal recessive disorders.
Tiny Ian Rivera was also in need of some eyeglasses. The now-two-year-old had a severe stroke while he was still in his mother’s uterus. This caused a buildup of fluid on the brain, which damaged his optic nerves and caused involuntary rapid eye movement. But with his cool new glasses, Ian was able to see his mom properly for the first time and his reaction was priceless!