This Unfortunate Baby Was Born Without a Nose Due To Rare Genetic Disorder, But Here’s How He Looks Today After A Few Surgeries
The chances that a baby is born without a nose is equal to 1 to 197 million – and yet it happened!
The most beautiful feeling in the world is when you know you’ll be a parent and your whole world changes. The McGlaters were among those people – Mrs. McGlater was pregnant and excited, waiting for the big day. On 4 March 2015, Eli Thompson came into this world, but he had one big problem – the baby didn’t have a nose. The chance to be born like is 1 in 197 million. This condition is called congenital arhinia – so far, there were only 47 cases in the world. The doctors didn’t know what to do. But then something happened which surprised everyone.
McGlaters also didn’t know what to do and didn’t know whether the child will survive or not. The problem was that the baby couldn’t breathe and eat at the same time. That’s why he had to go through the process tracheotomy, where they put a tube in the windpipe so he could breathe. That was just the beginning of the number of surgeries he had to pass through. “Eli had spent a few weeks in intensive care,” said his mother. “I had to go back to the hospital a couple of times because of his condition. It was expected that every year he will have to go back to surgery.”
But then Eli’s family met someone who had the same condition like his – and it completely changed their lives for the better. They met Tessa Evans, who was born in Ireland and who was suffering from the same problem. In June 2015, Tessa became the first kid who’s been through a surgical procedure which would give her a new nose. But the surgery was very complicated. Tessa’s skin gradually stretched with the help of dentures to fit the nose. After that, every couple of years the prosthesis was changed, after which they slowly inserted a new nose.
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Eli would also go through this procedure. “After a long conversation, a lot of tears and prayers, we finally have a plan for Eli,” his mother said. “In January, just two months before Eli’s first birthday (yes, our baby has already 7 months), we will travel to London for our first task,” said McGlater. This boy again and again proves that if there is no nose, it does not mean that you can’t have the sweetest face in the world. More importantly, Eli and Tessa are a proof that if you’re different does not mean that you are not beautiful.