Emotional moment when blind 2-year-old baby sees her mom for the very first time Emotional moment when blind 2-year-old baby sees her mom for the very first time
This determined mom left no stone unturned to ensure that her daughter who was unable to hear and see would be able to achieve... Emotional moment when blind 2-year-old baby sees her mom for the very first time

This determined mom left no stone unturned to ensure that her daughter who was unable to hear and see would be able to achieve what initially seemed absolutely impossible.

Nicolly Pereira from Santa Catarina, Brazil, was diagnosed with pediatric glaucoma at birth; this meant that she was blind due to fluid buildup in her eyes. Her ears were also blocked with fluid, so she couldn’t hear either. She had to communicate with her mom through touch: gentle stroking or hugging.

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Doctors in Brazil operated on her several times but were unsuccessful in restoring her sight or hearing. Her mom, therefore, began fundraising to send Nicolly to Bascom Palmer Eye Institute at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. She posted her story on Facebook, and through the Jackson Health Foundation’s International Kids Fund and with the help of some generous donors, was able to raise US$17,000 for the life-changing surgery.

The three-hour operation performed by Alana Grajewski, M.D., on the 2-year-old girl was successful.

“The only word that can be used to describe the feeling is ‘God,’ My daughter is free now. She now shines more than before. She has now become a reference for people who didn’t believe in miracles,’” Daiana told the Miami Herald.

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“When she arrived, I felt I had made a mistake, because normally when the children arrive, they have some sort of vision that’s measurable. We have a technician look at them initially and … they wrote down that Nicolly couldn’t see anything, not even a light,” Dr. Grajewski said.

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Dr. Ramzi Younis, a pediatric ENT specialist at UHealth, conducted a 30-minute operation to drain the fluid that had accumulated in her ears and that had prevented her from hearing.

Thankfully the three-hour surgery was successful, and although Nicolly is short-sighted and has to wear glasses, the world is a much brighter place for her. She can now see, hear, loves singing, and is able to stand unaided. Rose-colored glasses for one adorable toddler!

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“All of a sudden, she realized, ‘Oh, my gosh, that’s my mom,’ and her mother could tell the recognition. It was just one of those priceless moments,” said Dr. Grajewski.

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Watch the emotional moment when Nicolly sees her mom for the very first time; you might need some tissues!

Obinna Onyia

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