From selfie to selfless, a magical moment at RodeoHouston

From selfie to selfless, a magical moment at RodeoHouston

Credit: MICHAEL PFEIFER

Mike Eli with the Eli Young Band sang to a young boy in the crowd during Wednesday night's concert at RodeoHouston.

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by Michelle Homer / KHOU.com staff

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Posted on March 6, 2014 at 5:46 PM

Updated Friday, Mar 7 at 12:28 PM

HOUSTON – If you saw the Eli Young Band at RodeoHouston Wednesday night, you’ll probably recognize this selfie shot by a quick-thinking Michael Pfeifer.

He was on the front row in the action seats when Mike Eli left the stage and sauntered up to the crowd. When Eli leaned over the railing, Pfeifer put his arm around him and snapped the selfie. The moment was captured on the Reliant big screen as the crowd cheered.

Then something amazing happened.

Pfeifer turned around and spotted a young boy smiling at Eli. Pfeifer picked up the boy and planted him in front of the singer. Eli bent down and sang directly to the child, who seemed mesmerized by the performance.

"Whatever possessed him to turn around and grab someone else’s child is beyond me. But I think he was meant to be in that spot, at that exact moment to give that child an experience of his lifetime," said Kim Bludworth-Pfeifer, Michael’s proud mom.

She sent us the photo because she was hoping someone would recognize the boy so they could share a copy with his family.

Within 10 minutes of posting the story on our KHOU Facebook page, the child’s stepfather contacted us.

He said 8-year-old Aiden is deaf, but has a cochlear implant so he can hear out of one ear.

"Mike coming over to him was a Godsend. Aiden will never forget that moment!" Brent Tucker said.

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