This is the heartwarming moment a three-year-old was able to see his parents’ faces properly for the first time after being given a pair of glasses.
Three-year-old Jaxon Emberton, who was born with a chromosomal abnormality know as DiGeorge syndrome, smiled with delight as his new glasses were placed on his head at Children’s of Alabama hospital in Birmingham.
Footage shows the infant beaming at his parents Charles Emberton and Cassie Booth as he takes in his surroundings.
Jaxon’s parents said they initially struggled to believe their son had issues with his eyesight until a doctor advised them on the type of strong lenses he would need.
Mr Emberton said: ‘Once we put those glasses on him it was one of the most amazing moments.
‘Seeing his little face light up when the world opened up for him was all the confirmation we needed that the glasses were exactly what he needed.’
The footage was filmed on April 13 and has been shared widely online.
‘His smile has captured the hearts of so many on social media – I remember looking at the video the next morning and seeing how many views he’d already gotten and we were floored,’ Mr Emberton added.
‘It’s amazing to read all the comments and see just how his smile can brighten someone’s day.’
Jaxon’s mother later wrote on social media: ‘Until recently, we had no idea how bad Jaxon’s eyesight really was.
‘He adapted so well for someone who couldn’t really see anything, at least not with any kind of clarity, past his own nose.
‘My heart has been broken for weeks since we found out. Today Jax got his glasses! And for the first time, he can actually see his surroundings! My heart is so full right now!’
Because of Jaxon’s condition, he underwent his first open heart surgery when he was just 11 days old and his second at six weeks old.
The infant, who also spent the first 255 days of his life in hospital, will have to undergo at least two more surgeries in the future.
Doctors also had to perform a tracheostomy on the infant as he was unable to breath without the help of a ventilator