In his 16 years of life, Christian Guardino has gone through more than most of us could ever imagine. After suffering from complete blindness for years, he was admitted into a revolutionary treatment program that changed his life forever.
As an infant, his mother knew something was wrong. Christian eventually was diagnosed with Leber congenital amaurosis (LCA), a rare retinal disease, when he was just a young boy.
Unfortunately, all he knew was darkness for the majority of his life – and that’s why he turned to music as a way to escape. It helped him forget his disability and the challenges he faced.
Growing up in a musical family, Christian tapped into this talent of his, performing in school musicals and singing in chorus. Christian has said that his hearing actually was strengthened because his eyesight had diminished.
Then a miracle happened! Christian had the opportunity to participate in an experimental gene therapy treatment that brought back his sight!
Once his sight miraculously returned, Christian focused on his biggest passion: singing. Christian took the plunge and decided to show everyone just what he could do.
He stepped onto the America’s Got Talent stage, shook off his nerves and belted out the words to the Jackson 5 song “Who’s Loving You” perfectly. The judges and audience were stunned!
After hearing about Christian’s background and his incredible performance, Simon said, “You were like a little mouse that turned into a lion. You are one of my favorite contestants I’ve seen this year. Not only in terms of your voice. I just like you. There’s something about you, and it’s just the best possible feeling when we meet someone like you.”
Simon wasn’t the only judge who was blown away by Christian! With a big smile, Howie Mandel reached over and did something that left Christian in tears!
See what Howie did by pressing “play” on the video below! Christian’s response just might bring you to tears, too.