This is the truly miraculous moment a four-month-old baby boy smiled in amazement after seeing his mother clearly for the first time in his life.
Leopold Wilbur Reppond, known as Leo, suffers from a rare disorder called oculocutaneous albinism.
The rare condition affects the color of a person’s hair, skin and eyes – leaving little Leo unable to see properly.
Leo’s father, film producer David, 39, said of his little boy when he smiled for the first time – ‘cuteness went through the roof’ adding that there ‘wasn’t a dry eye in the house’.
‘I had some issues holding the camera because I was crying so much,’ Mr Leopold said. ‘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. Leo looked at my wife for the first time and saw her for the first time.’
Mr Leopold and his wife Erin, 35, live in Seattle, Washington, having recently moved back there to be close to their families.
Little Leo was born with Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA), which affects one in 20,000 children and leaves them with extremely bad vision.
Leo’s parents sought treatment from Los Angeles-based pediatric ophthalmologist Kenneth Wright and were offered special infant glasses.
Leo’s special glasses have normal lenses but are made out of rubber like material which has no screws, no hinges and no sharp edges.
Leo’s mother and father recently invited their families to their home for a small gathering where in front of them all Leo put his glasses on for the very first time.
In the viral video Leo has his new glasses pulled down over his head by his mother and is given the opportunity to see for the first time.
Leo’s mother then readjusts the glasses so that they sit better before staring into her son’s eyes, he looks up at his mother who says gently: ‘Hi honey’.
He makes eye contact with her and then immediately reacts by smiling. The response is met with gasps of surprise and delight from the other people in the room.
A male voice can be heard saying: ‘Oh he’s smiling’. The video concludes with baby Leo focusing on his mother with a HUGE smile on his face.
Leo’s father said that before his son got his glasses he used to ‘see with his hands’ because his eye sight was so poor.
Leo’s father literally had to put his beard next to his son’s face so he could touch it and know who it was.
‘He can see us now. He’s starting to see objects in front of him for the first time. 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’.