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Autistic, Blind NH Boy Sings For Thousands

By Paul Burton, WBZ-TV
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Christopher Duffley performs at the Verizon Wireless Arena. (credit: YouTube)

Christopher Duffley performs at the Verizon Wireless Arena. (credit: YouTube)

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MANCHESTER, N.H. (CBS) — Nine-year-old Christopher Duffley of Manchester, N.H. walks by faith and not by sight. He’s blind.

“Because I was born blind,” Duffley said.

WBZ-TV’s Paul Burton reports

Duffley, who is also autistic, was also born with an incredible gift to sing. He plays for hours on his home piano.

“God gave me excellent hearing, excellent hearing. And I sing well too,” Duffley said.

His gift of singing has put him in front of large crowds to sing the National Anthem.

You can hear him sing on YouTube and his family has created a Facebook fan page.

“I sang at the Verizon Wireless Arena,” Duffley shouted. His adopted family has very strong faith and credit God for giving them to strength to endure an extremely tough situation.

“Basically he’s a miracle child. That’s the bottom line. Both of his parents were using drugs,” Christine Duffley said.

Christopher has only been playing the piano for three years. Now he plays in stadiums.

“No, I never get nervous. My favorite subject in school is music. I love music,” Duffley said.

He practices all the time and has two music teachers. “I tell him he’s not autistic but artistic,” his father Steve says.

One of his favorite songs to play is Your Grace Is Enough.

“We have been blessed, even with blindness and autism,” Christine said.

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