Take a deep breathe, this baby was born without a nose.
‘The rest of him is so cute, sometimes you don’t realize he doesn’t have a nose,’ says mother Brandi McGlathery.
Her baby, Eli, was born with an extremely rare condition called complete congenital arhinia.
There are thought to be just 37 babies in the world with the condition, and the odds against it are 197 million to one.
Father Troy Thompson had joked before the baby was born, ‘I hope he doesn’t get my nose,’ according to local news site AL.com.
When the baby was born on March 4 in South Baldwin Hospital, Alabama, US, mother Brandi says, ‘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!’”’
Eli does not have an olfactory cavity and cannot smell. He had a tracheotomy to help him breathe, and thus doesn’t cry, either.
Brandi has set up a GoFundMe page to raise money for Eli – who may eventually have surgery to build him a nose, and faces frequent doctor’s visits and hospital appointment.
Doctors may have to wait until after puberty, as his palate also didn’t form all the way, and his ‘brain is lower.’
‘We think he’s perfect the way he is. Until the day he wants to have a nose, we don’t want to touch him. We have to take it day by day,’ Brandi says