From Gary Bergel:
Andrea Bocelli, one of the best-known operatic singers in the world today, sat down at the piano during a charity performance for Haiti on June 1, 2010 and started telling a “little story.” He shared how a young pregnant woman went into the hospital with appendicitis. Doctors put ice on her stomach, and later suggested she have an abortion, since they believed the baby would be born with some disability. “But the young brave wife decided not to abort, and the child was born,” Bocelli recounted, sitting at the piano. “That woman was my mother, and I was that child.”
Bocelli then publically thanked his mother for not ending his life. “Maybe I’m partisan, but I can say it was the right choice,” the singer said. “I hope this could encourage any mothers who sometimes find themselves in difficult situations, in those moments when life is complicated, but want to save the life of their baby.”
Bocelli was born partially blind with congenital glaucoma. When he was still a boy he lost his sight completely. Yet, at 53, he has sold more than 70 million records.