Video: Heartwarming Footage of Blind Man Seeing His Wife For The First Time


Inspiration | By Jay Dawson | December 5, 2017

Could you imagine being blind? Robbed of the world's incredible sights and wonders, and your every interaction with it a complete mystery? It would have to be, without a doubt, one of life's biggest challenges. Yet a select unfortunate few struggle through with it every day. Luckily, new technology can help some of these people, and even change their lives forever. The story you're about to hear is about one of those amazing times. This man not only got his life back, but saw his wife for the first time. And what he said next will melt your heart... The video at the end of this slideshow will put you in tears.

Advertisement

Gene Purdie

At first glance, Gene Purdie is just another regular guy. A good looking father from Denver, with a steady job and not a care in the world. But the reality for him was far different than what it would seem...

Advertisement

The Beginning Of His Blindness

The nightmare for him began when he was just 16 years old. Up until then, his childhood had been just about average. Then, all of a sudden, he noticed his vision was starting to fail. The doctors diagnosed him with the fast-acting Stargardt's disease, and within months he was completely blind.

Advertisement

16 Years Of Darkness

This was only the beginning. Stargardt's disease isn't something you can just recover from - it's permanent. For the next 16 years, Gene would struggle through with his blindness, slowly learning to adapt to his new life. He even found a job.

Advertisement

Stargardt's Disease

Doctors still really don't know how, or which, people get Stargardt's disease. It affects roughly one in 10,000 people, making it uncommon but not incredibly rare. Sufferers of the disease encounter rapid degradation of the macula, the middle part of the retina responsible for sharp, straight-ahead vision.

Advertisement

What It Looks Like

Because it doesn't affect the entire eye, Stargardt's disease isn't like the typical total blackout that you would expect of blindness. Not that it's much better: anyone with the disease can basically only see the fuzziest of shapes and blobs. It's something like looking at the world through a dozen frosted glass windows.

Advertisement

Meeting Joy

Despite everything, Gene really was trying to live a life as normal as he could. And one day, he met a woman named Joy who would change everything. Although he couldn't see her, they found were perfect for each other.

Advertisement

Love Is Blind

Is there any better proof that love conquers all? From the very beginning of their relationship, it never mattered to Gene that he couldn't see Joy. It was enough for him to just be with this beautiful woman, a woman that he quickly fell in love with.

Advertisement

They Started A Family

They got married in due course, but naturally were a bit hesitant about starting a family given the fact that Gene would have trouble helping look after the child. But eventually they took the plunge, and a couple of years ago they had their first child, Lincoln.

Advertisement

Rachael Ray

Let's introduce a new element into the mix: the effervescent chat show host, Rachael Ray. Never seen her before? You should. Over on CBS, she's constantly being lovely and doing all those heartwarming and soul-searching things that Oprah was so famous for.

Advertisement

Joy Discovers A Cure

It was by watching Rachael Ray's show, in fact, that Joy discovered something that could change their lives forever. Purely by chance, she saw an episode where Rachel gives the gift of sight to another person with Stargardt's disease, and she realized that Gene had the same chance.

Advertisement

The Glasses That Change Everything

Now, Rachael's not God or anything - all she did to restore her other guest's sight was to give them a special pair of glasses developed by some very smart people at eSight, an optical correction company specializing in degenerative diseases. We don't know how it works, but it does, restoring 20/20 vision to Stargardt's disease.

Advertisement

But They Couldn't Afford Them

There was only one problem, and that was (surprise, surprise) money. Basically, at $15,000 a pair, Joy and Gene couldn't afford the new technology. It looked like another dead-end, and another crushed hope for Gene. But then Joy had a brilliant idea...

Advertisement

Rachael To The Rescue

If she could do it once, why not do it again? Joy wrote in to Rachael, begging her to help Gene out like she did with the other guest. To her surprise and delight, Rachael got in contact with Joy and said she'd be glad to help. All she had to do was come on the show.

Advertisement

He Slips Them On

Finally, the moment had arrived. 16 years had led to this point, although Gene looked pretty relaxed on TV as he and Joy chatted about the difficulties they had faced together. Relaxed, that is, until they handed him the eSight glasses and he slipped them on. Then he looked at Joy.

Advertisement

The Magic Words

After all this time, Purdie only had two words for her. As he cracked a huge smile and she broke into tears, he simply said "you're beautiful." It was the words every girl wants to hear, and he meant it. The audience went wild. Another win for love.

Advertisement

Copyright © 2020 CultureHook