In 2004, Mary Sedgwick was diagnosed with bilateral optic neuritis, a “demyelinating inflammation of the optic nerve” that triggers visual restriction and blindness. Dismayed by her new condition, the North Carolina resident fell into a depressive state, a phase that eventually ebbed when she was paired in 2010 with her guide dog, a golden retriever named Lucy.
The good girl helped restore a measure of Sedgwick’s independence and the duo developed a deep bond as a result. Even so, “the question of what her loyal dog looked like always weighed heavy[ily] on her mind”. But with the help of a pair of cutting edge glasses from eSight, the former physician locked eyes with her loyal companion last month at a convention — and the moment, which was recorded on a smartphone and is now going viral, will melt you into a puddle.