Ana Paula Silveira and Alvaro Zermiani are legally blind. They fell in love without ever setting eyes on one another.
The blind couple Ana and Alvaro and when they found out Ana Paula was pregnant, that unique fact made them worried.
They would never be able to encounter the delights of seeing their baby at the first sonogram appointment similar to many expecting parents are able to.
It’s difficult for duo where both parents are visually impaired.
The duo was able to meet their son, Davi Lucas, through the concept of Brazilian OB/GYN, Dr. Heron Werner.
“I wasn’t pregnant so far at the time, but my husband Alvaro and I kept the idea in mind for when it happened!”, Ana said.
“My great concern was not only not being able to see on the ultrasound, but I also didn’t know if someone else would really be able to narrate to me what my unborn baby looked like.”
But at their first meeting, doctors decided to give the baby expecting couple an experience they’d never forget.
Though 3D printing technology, doctors were able to make a 3D printed version of their embryonic child that seem exactly as the baby boy looked on the sonogram screen.
“With the 3D printing, I didn’t have to depend on someone’s description. I could have something that was genuine and I could see in the way I am known with.”
Love at first touch: Ana Paula Silveira and Alvaro Zermiani
Davi Lucas Zermiani, the couple’s son is now three years old and loves to cradle the 3D print of himself. Davi Lucas loves hearing his parents tell the story of the first time they held him.
“He knows it’s a replica of him and we described to him why it was made,” Silveira said.
Paula said: “He’s proud of it and he exhibited it to his friends.”
Both parents are in wonder of how the 3d printing technology helped them. “For people like us, who are visually challenged, this was an actual gift,” Alvaro Zermiani explained.