New glasses help baby see mom for the first time

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DENVER, Colo. (KUSA) — The bond between a mother and her daughter can be pretty special. Such is the case with Megan McMorris and her baby girl, Louise.

Louise was born with a rare medical condition called albinism. The disease affects 1 in 17,000 people, reducing the pigmentation in a person's hair, skin and eyes.

At 8-months-old, Louise can barely see a thing; she's considered legally blind.

"It's hard for me as a mom. She never makes eye contact with me," McMorris recently told KUSA-TV.

Louise has the rarest form of the condition known as OCA-1. Like other forms of albinism, OCA-1 has no cure.

Fortunately, McMorris was introduced to a specialist who is known around the world. She's based out of Minneapolis and has done a ton of research into the disease.

The specialist prescribed Louise a special pair of glasses, which allowed her to see her mother somewhat clearly for the first time in her life.

"It was the best moment. I will remember that forever. Absolutely," McMorris said.

Click on the video above to watch Louise's reaction as she sees her mother for the first time.

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