Blind mother-to-be gets the chance to 'see' her unborn son for the very first time after doctors surprise her with a 3D printout of his ultrasound 

Without the gift of sight, pregnancy can be a very different experience. But thanks to 3D printing technology, one blind mother-to-be was able to experience the emotional moment of ‘seeing’ her child for the first time during an ultrasound, just like any other mother.

Pregnant Tatiana Guerra, 30, from Brazil, lost her sight at age 17, and never imagined that she would get the chance to see her baby in the womb – until doctors surprised her with a 3D printout of a digital image of her child, allowing her to see her son’s facial features through touch, a precious memory that she would have otherwise never been able to have. 

In the video, which was created as part of a campaign for diaper brand Huggies, the expectant mother asks the doctor what her son looks like - whether he has her nose and what his ears look like.

Expectant: 30-year-old Tatiana Guerra is given the chance to feel an image of her unborn son's face in a new ad by Huggies

Expectant: 30-year-old Tatiana Guerra is given the chance to feel an image of her unborn son's face in a new ad by Huggies

Before arriving for the ultrasound, Tatiana is shown in a baby-ready nursery, complete with crib, teddy bears and blankets in blue. Her voice-over describes everything she hopes for her son to experience, such as the ocean, where he could 'feel the little grains of sand between his toes' and 'the fresh breeze on his face'.

During the ultrasound, an already-emotional Tatiana describes how she imagines her son to appear, describing the image of him in her mind as having a nose 'like a little potato' and a small mouth.

15 minutes later, the ultrasound has been sent to the 3D printing mobile station and physically realized in a sculpture, showing the unborn baby's face and arms.

3D printing
3D printing

The making: The image of little Murilo is sent to the 3D printer, and as the final product is dusted off, the baby's face is revealed

The surprise: The doctor hands the 3D-rendered image to Tatiana, saying: 'That's your son'

The surprise: The doctor hands the 3D-rendered image to Tatiana, saying: 'That's your son'

'If you could touch him, would that let you know what he's like?' the doctor asks Tatiana in the video. 

'Yes,' she replies.  

The doctor hands Tatiana the 3D-printed image wrapped in a white cloth and tells her: 'That's your son'. 

'See if he feels the way you think he does,' he adds. 

The mother-to-be is overwhelmed by emotion as she runs her fingertips over the image, laughing and crying as she reads an accompanying braille phrase aloud: 'I am your son'.

Murilo's face: Tatiana is overwhelmed as she is able to 'see' her son's features by running her fingers over the 3D-printed image

Murilo's face: Tatiana is overwhelmed as she is able to 'see' her son's features by running her fingers over the 3D-printed image

Embracing the moment: Tatiana is one of several blind mothers who were able to meet their unborn babies thanks to a new ad campaign by Huggies.

Embracing the moment: Tatiana is one of several blind mothers who were able to meet their unborn babies thanks to a new ad campaign by Huggies.

Happy tears stream down Tatiana's face as she caresses the soft shapes and grooves of her unborn baby's face, thanking the doctor. 

'I am very happy to meet Murilo… before he is born,' she says.

The heartfelt moment was recorded as a part of Huggies' #CountingTheDays campaign, with a key message at the end of the video explaining exactly what it’s all about: 'Every mom deserves to embrace each moment.'

The video is the first of several similar ads showing other blind mother-to-bes meeting their babies through a 3D-printed image. All are available for viewing on the Huggies Brasil YouTube channel.

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