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Visually Impaired Son Sees Military Dad Clearly For The First Time

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Life is unexpected and miracles occur when one least expects it. Captain Brandon Caldwell and his family’s story is one which reinstates belief.

Captain Caldwell, who came back after two months of deployment in Antarctica, never expected such a warm welcome – especially from his 9-month old boy Reagan who is visually impaired.

Regan received his pair of blue glasses right after his dad was deployed to Antarctica, welcomed his military father with a smile of joy.

The emotional moment was captured by his wife Amanda, who shared the video on her Facebook page. The video shows Regan sitting on his father’s lap, who was still in his army uniform, singing “Patty Cake” to his son.

With the new pair of blue glasses, Reagan watches his dad and listen’s to every word he utters, as the song continues, the boy is seen resting his head on his father’s chest.

Being so many months away from his 9-month old son, Caldwell thought Reagan may have forgotten him, which was certainly not the scene.

“You can see how hard it was for Brandon to be away from Reagan by the emotion he showed when he finally had him in his arms again,” shared Amanda to Cater News.

Reagan’s Journey

Amanda who was a school teacher by profession, like most expectant mothers underwent testing and found she was positive with Group B Strep (GBS) in the 35 to 37 weeks.

According to the American Pregnancy Association, one out of every pregnant woman is tested positive with GBS, so this was nothing to be worried about. However, after being tested with GBS, she was not informed anything about the severe consequences her child was going to suffer.

The initial stage with baby Reagan was not an easy one for Amanda, as the child was detected with meningitis and sepsis 20 days after his birth. As a result of which, his family members took him to the Intensive Care Unit (ICU).

The child also had to go through several seizures as a result of suffering from meningitis and sepsis.  Based on his MRI results, the doctors suspected that the little baby may suffer from cerebral palsy or could be even mentally handicapped.

However, Reagan is now showing positive improvements, and is also taking classes for speech therapy, visual impairment, as well as special education at home.



His mother, Amanda left her job as a teacher to be with Reagan and also take him to the doctor regularly, which also includes visits to the hospitals every six weeks.

One can be a part of Reagan’s journey by visiting Amanda’s Facebook page, where she shares his updates, details about GBS, as well the medical challenges faced by the family.

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