For this young man, music was his source of solace and happiness. Now, it could be the reason that his life, which has seen its fair share of trying times and miracles, changes forever.
When Christian Guardino was but a young boy, he was diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis, or LCA, which is a kind of retinal disease that causes blindness. Music was his escape, and because his whole family was a musical one, it wasn’t a difficult escape to turn to. He joined musicals and sung in the school chorus, and according to him, his lack of sight heightened his sense of hearing, making him a better performer.
A miracle occurred when Christian had the chance to undergo an experimental treatment, a form of gene therapy. It was a success, and sight returned to him for the first time he could remember! But that didn’t diminish Christian’s passion for singing and music, and one day, the 16-year-old took a leap and dove into America’s Got Talent audition stage.
At first, he was nervous, but the humble and well-mannered Christian got into his groove when he first started singing his song – “Who’s Loving You” by the Jackson 5. From the second he opened his mouth, the crowd was already cheering. By the time he was at the chorus and showing off his flawless technique, perfectly executed riffs, and beautiful voice, judge Howie Mandel was on his feet.
As the song came to an end, the whole hall erupted in cheers, and Christian was moved to tears. Then Howie Mandel did something amazing that made it all even better. Check out the video to see what happened!
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