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Deaf, blind Brazil fan follows World Cup with help

  • Published at 02:34 pm July 3rd, 2018

Carlos often makes do by following games via text summaries posted online that a device translates into Braille for him; but for major games, he brings out the big guns

The Fifa World Cup is arguably the most celebrated sports event of the planet. Every four years, fans across the globe gather to take in the excitement of the World Cup, and no matter what team you root for or what language you speak, the drama of the tournament is bound to sweep you away. 

Carlos is a Brazil supporter who was born deaf and began to lose his eyesight when he was 14 years old. According to Sport Bible, he was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which affects a person's seeing and hearing ability, reports Business Insider.

Now 27, Carlos is not completely blind, though he does struggle to watch television. But thanks to friend and sign language instructor Hélio Fonseca de Araújo, Carlos was still able to enjoy the game to the fullest. 

According to Business Insider, using tactile sign language and a model pitch, Fonseca de Araújo and another friend helped Carlos experience Philippe Coutinho’s late go-ahead goal in real time. After the score, they celebrated by breaking out the drums.