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Blind And Deaf Brazilian Fan Feels World Cup Match Through Friend’s Hands

By Talan Torriero
June 23, 2014

A Brazilian teacher found a way to help his blind and deaf buddy experience a World Cup match live, moving his friend’s hands through the mini-pitch to show the game’s developments.

Carlos, 27, has Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disease, which meant he started losing his eyesight and hearing at the age of 14. Carlos, who now only sees shapes and contours, hadn’t watched a match in two years.

Helio Fonseca de Araújo, a sign language instructor, decided to recreate a World Cup game between Brazil and Croatia for his friend Carlos.


As the match began, Carlos was able to keep up in real time as Helio was guiding his hands to show the players’ and ball’s positions. In the meantime, Regiane was communicating fouls, cards, teams and the shirt numbers of players cards on his back.


“It is the first time I watch football like this. I could understand the game in detail. What happiness I’m feeling,” he said on the video.

Carlos added that he was very happy with Brazil’s victory and would follow the other games, too.


Check out the video below!