Life Video

By Katy Gill

This is the emotional moment a class of students surprise their teacher with a Nintendo Switch after his wife passed away and his son was diagnosed with leukaemia.

As Mr Neidigk prepares to teach his 12th grade maths class at Volcano Vista High School in Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA, on November 20, he is handed a huge box.

Asking if the present is for himself or his two-year-old son Mikey, he starts to tear at the wrapping paper and quickly notices it is a new games console.

Stunned, Mr Neidigk exclaims ‘no you did not’ as the Switch becomes more apparent and he has to fight back tears while his class cheer in the background.

Student Kayla Yaksich said: “It was an early Christmas gift for Mr Neidigk.

“We knew it was the only present he wanted but that the medical bills for his son meant he probably couldn’t afford it.

“I had tears in my eyes watching his reaction.

“He had no idea what to expect and seemed to be overwhelmed with the surprise.”

In total, the students raised $475 for their teacher, who admitted he had walked past the consoles in Target many times thinking he wanted to buy them.

As the video draws to an end, Mr Neidigk explains Mikey has many hospital visits ahead of him and the pair will be able to plug it into the TVs next to his bed.

Kayla said: “Throughout the year he has had a smile on his face, so we didn’t know anything was wrong at first.

“He has had a really positive impact on our class and we wanted to do something nice for him.

“As soon the idea was decided upon, it only took us a week to raise the money for him.”