Skip to comments.The Eyeless Boy Who Could See As Good As If He Had Eyes (Uplifting Story W/Video)
Posted on 11/07/2010 8:19:48 AM PST by Amos McCoy
Last week I shared with you a story and a video of Rowan, the German Spitz that was born no eyes, but used echolocation to see. In the article I explained the nature of echolocation and how Rowan uses it to see the world around him. Today, I have something even more amazing than the blind dog who sees like dolphins and bats. I have a story with an accompanying video of a boy who lost his eyes to cancer at the age of three, but you would never have known it if you had seen him riding his bike.
Ben Underwood was just a few weeks shy of his third birthday when his eyes were surgically removed because of retinal cancer. With his Mother pushing him to use the senses he still had in order to get around, Ben began learning to live like most blind individuals, but only until he started doing things that only sighted people can do. As he got older, Ben began playing games like Foosball, and he rode bicycles, electric scooters, rollerblades, and he even had a yellow belt in Karate. If his brothers or sisters were doing something, then like all young children, he wanted to try it too. Those who knew Ben, knew that he never shied away from trying something new, not even video games.
One day his mother took him to see a doctor, and while he was waiting, he played with his Game Boy. When the doctor walked in and saw Ben, he looked at his chart and walked back over to look at his eyes. The doctor looked down to see if he was really playing the game and exclaimed to his mother, "His eyes are nucleated." Ben's mother replied, "Oh yes, he's blind." The doctor asked, "How the heck does he play video games?" That is how it was discovered that Ben uses echolocation as dolphins and bats do to see the his world.
Human echolocation involves creating an environmental image by hearing echoes bouncing off objects like sonar. It is quite similar to the kind of echolocation employed by bats, dolphins, and even dogs like Rowan. Human echolocation has been studied since 1950's but is still not completely understood. The legendary blind singer, Ray Charles, was said to use a variation of the technique by wearing hard-bottomed shoes. The change in sounds made by floors made from different materials would alert him when he passed through doorways or entered different rooms. However, very few people have ever mastered human echolocation to a seemingly superhuman level like Ben Underwood did.
Sad to say, Ben passed away on January 19, 2009, when the cancer that took his eyes returned and eventually spread to his brain and spine. Ben was raised to believe in Christ, and it is because of that belief that today he is with the Lord. He may only have lived 16 years in the world, but he now has an eternity to see the things that God would like us all to see
Follow this link to see a video clip of an Interview With Ben Underwood, "The Eyeless Boy Who Could See".
Thanks for posting this for me Amos. I owe you one.
This boy was amazing. If you ever wanted to see God's grace upon a person, then check out this article I wrote and watch the short video of Ben Underwood. He lost his eyes at 3, yet he could see as good as a bat or a dolphin. Something I didn't add to the article was that he even taught himself the Japanese language in a little over a week so he could surprise some guests coming to visit. He was a Christian, and he knew he was going home before he died, and so he was never afraid of death. A truly inspiration young, man whom the Lord took home two days before his 17th birthday......
It was my pleasure OV.
Besides, I needed the practice. It is my first official post.
It was fun, I hope it came out the way you wanted.
It was perfect. Your HTML skills are very evident.
Dare Devil lives!!!!
Thank You for the post!
Thanks for the ping!
Reference to a cool Marvel comic character whose movie was completely hosed by an execrable actor.
I was a big fan of the Daredevil comics when I was younger.
I should have gotten it. DUH!
The blind Super Hero (it was a movie several years ago with Ben Affleck).
As in the movie, The Book of Eli. He walks by faith, not by sight.