Making dreams come true

By Jade Cunningham |

Published 06/24 2014 06:16AM

Updated 06/24 2014 06:25AM

NBC News --

Brazilian sign language instructor, Helio Fonseca de Araujo, simply wanted to watch Brazil's World Cup opening match with his friend Carlos.

And thanks to a bit of ingenuity, and a homemade field, the unimaginable has become reality.

Carlos, a huge Brazilian soccer fan, was born deaf.

He began losing his eyesight at the age of 14 when he was diagnosed with Usher Syndrome.

Now at 27, he can see shapes and figures, but not a television.

And two years ago, he lost his ability to watch soccer games.

Enter his sign language instructor.

In preparation for the 2014 World Cup, de Araujo went a step further than any Braille book could, Googled "Measurements of a Football Field" and built a miniature model of a pitch.

He placed the replica between himself and Carlos and moved Carlos' hands over the board to mirror the ball's position in the game in real-time.

And for Brazil's opening World Cup match versus Croatia, it worked.

The heartwarming moment was uploaded to YouTube where it quickly went viral, garnering over a half million views.

You can watch the touching YouTube video here.

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