An Alabama woman recently gave birth to a child so rare that he’s only one of 43 in the entire world, and it’s all because of a certain feature he has.
Baby Eli was born about three weeks ago at the South Baldwin Hospital and everything seemingly went according to plan. His mother, Brandi McGlathery, and father, Troy Thompson, had previously talked about the physical features they had wanted Eli to have, but little did they know their jokes would soon turn into a reality.
“I said I wanted him to have blond hair,” Brandi said. “And Troy said, ‘I hope he doesn’t get my nose.'”
In the months leading up to Eli’s birth, Brandi had some minor complications, which she didn’t have while pregnant with her other son, Bryson. At around 17 weeks, when she found out she was having a boy, she lost ten pounds in eight days from severe nausea, and she had to be put on medicine to help her keep a healthy weight.
The second-time mother went into labor early three times, and at 35 weeks, she was told by the doctor that the following two weeks would be important for her baby’s lungs and respiratory system. Brandi said she remembered the doctor telling her, “Let’s try to keep him as long as we can” in order to help him fully develop.
Well, at 37 weeks into Brandi’s pregnancy, Eli was born on March 4, weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, as an otherwise healthy baby boy with both of his anxious parents awaiting his arrival. However, much to their surprise, when Dr. Craig Brown placed him in his mother’s arms, she noticed something didn’t seem right.
“I pulled back and said, ‘Something’s wrong!’ And the doctor said, ‘No, he’s perfectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!'”
The doctor immediately whisked the baby away and took him into another room as his two parents sat in wonder if Brandi had really just saw what she thought she saw. The doctor returned a short time later, and that’s when he delivered the news they likely didn’t want to hear – Eli was in fact born without a nose, but it’s not just his exterior nose.
Besides missing his external nose, Eli doesn’t have a nasal cavity or olfactory system. However, despite lacking key parts to his respiratory system, Brandi said that he immediately started breathing when he was born and not having a nose “didn’t faze him at all.”
Eli was born with a condition called “complete congenital arhinia,” his mother said. It’s such a rare deformity that there’s only 43 cases that have been reported around the world, including Eli’s.
Aside from missing his nose, Brandi says he’s the “perfect” baby and is expected to do just fine.
Eli is “100 percent healthy,” she said. “He just doesn’t have a nose. He has a few hormone deficiencies, but other than that he’s healthy.”
The family has started a GoFundMe account in which others can donate to help Brandi and Troy pay for Eli’s ongoing medical bills, which are expected to last into his adulthood. Those who would like to donate, can do so by clicking this link.
While he may be missing his nose, Eli is a gorgeous little baby and his parents should be proud. Thanks to modern medicine, he’ll likely be able to have his external nose constructed and live the rest of his life barely remembering he was born without one, which is exactly what I hope happens.
[H/T: IJ Review]