To the boy's parents, Sharlene and Mark Cannon of South Lanarkshire, United Kingdom, Alfie's behavior seemed unusual, but nothing to be concerned about.
"We always just thought it was a funny coincidence that Alfie would only sit or walk on one side of him," Sharlene told Caters News Agency.
Then, last April, Mark made a trip to the eye doctor and was diagnosed with severe astigmatism in his right eye. The doctor told the Cannons their son's vision had become so blurred he could barely see out of that eye, according to Caters. If he hadn't been diagnosed as soon as he was, he could have lost his eyesight altogether. It was then that the Cannon family realized Alfie's actions were deliberate.
"There was that realization when suddenly it all made sense. Alfie was always there by his right-hand side to guide him," said Sharlene. Alfie noticed the boy's disorder before anybody else in the family, even before young Mark himself.