Nathan Edge can’t wait to become a dad but as he is blind, he hasn’t been able to see the scan photos of his first child.
But thanks to a friend, he now has an embroidered image, so he can build up a picture of what his baby looks like in the womb.
Nathan – who played for England’s blind football team – and partner Emma Fotheringham, both 26, are set to become parents for the first time in May.
Emma was sad that Nathan wasn’t able to see the images of their baby so she worked with pal Deb Fisher to create the tactile, embroidered version for him.
Amazingly, it was Deb’s first attempt at embroidery.
Nathan was born with sight but became visually impaired at the age of six and lost 80% of his vision.
But after two failed operations, he lost his vision in both eyes by the time he was 18.
Nathan said: ‘I have no sight at all, so I was not able to see the scan photo.
‘I missed out on that, although it was exciting to be there for it.
‘Emma had been planning it for a few weeks.
‘But she was able to not let me find out about it until it was finished.’
Describing when he held it, Nathan, of Mansfield, Notts added: ‘I was quite emotional, it took me a few minutes to work it out.
‘But normal baby scans are quite difficult to work out when you can see them.’
Nathan and Emma met on a dating site four years ago and are excited about welcoming a little boy to their family.
He added: ‘It is a little bit scary, but I am definitely excited.’
Expectant mum Emma said: ‘A lovely lady Deb who is a local puppy walker for guide dogs dropped me a message.
‘She said she was so happy for us both but sad that Nathan was unable to see our baby grow on our scan photos.
‘She said she had never embroidered before but would love to try and embroider all of our scans for Nathan to enable us to experience the joy of our baby boy growing together.
‘I couldn’t believe someone could be so kind and thoughtful and knew it would be something very special for Nathan.’
Deb said: ‘I did this and now I’m in tears. I’m no expert and this was my first try at thread embroidery.
‘I can’t draw but I can paint in thread.’
After receiving the gift, he tweeted about it and received over 34,000 likes and retweets.
Proud Nathan said: ‘I have been blown away by the sort of attention it has got on Twitter.
‘It has made a lot of people smile. Especially after the year we have all had, it’s nice.
In his tweet, Nathan said: ‘How incredible is this?
‘Received this amazing surprise today…it’s an embroidered tactile version of our 12 week baby scan.
‘So for the first time as a blind dad to be, I’m able to build a picture of our baby scan through touch.
‘Can’t describe how amazing this is.’
Guide Dogs tweeted: ‘That’s so lovely! Amazingly intuitive.’
One midwife said: ‘This is so beautiful! Makes me think, as a midwife, how I can work on my practice.’
Dan Nixon added: ‘That is the most wonderful gift that any parent could receive. Congratulations.’
Norman Jackson said: ‘Thank you, its stories like yours that are restoring my faith in the goodness in people – an antidote to all this horrible Brexit stuff.’
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