Alabama Baby Born With­out a Nose, Mom Says He’s Per­fect

The Star (St. Lucia) - - INTERNATIONAL - By NI­COLE PEL­LETIERE via Good Morn­ing Amer­ica

Eli Thomp­son came into this world in the late af­ter­noon of March 4, per­fectly healthy, but with one distinc­tion -- he didn’t have a nose.

“The day I de­liv­ered, ev­ery­thing went fine,” mom Brandi McGlath­ery told ABC News to­day. “At 4:42 when he was born, he came out and the doc­tor put him on my chest. When I took a closer look at him, I said, ‘He doesn’t have a nose,’ and they took him out of the room.”

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“He had the most apolo­getic look on his face,” she said. “I knew right away that some­thing was wrong.”

Although her baby showed no signs of ad­di­tional ab­nor­mal­i­ties, McGlath­ery said she was at first shocked and up­set to hear the news from her doc­tor.

Dr. R. Craig Brown, McGlath­ery’s ob­ste­tri­cian, said his own re­search has re­vealed only 38 cases of “ab­so­lutely noth­ing be­ing wrong other than no nose.” That’s very, very rare. “I’ve seen fa­cial ab­nor­mal­i­ties, cleft lip and palate, but this is the first time I’ve seen a case with just no nose,” Brown told ABC News.

McGlath­ery be­came Brown’s pa­tient early in her preg­nancy, he said, not­ing that the 23-year-old mom of three showed no signs of a high risks, and tests showed Eli to have a nasal bone.

“She came in right at 37 weeks and went into la­bor,” Brown said. “Once I de­liv­ered him and we cleaned him off I could tell some­thing wasn’t right, but I didn’t want to alarm her.”

Other than not hav­ing a nose, “he’s do­ing great,” Brown said. “He’s a su­per cute kid and you could tell he was fight­ing.”

“I re­counted ev­ery­thing I did through­out my preg­nancy to fig­ure out if i did some­thing wrong,” McGlath­ery said. “I re­al­ized it was noth­ing any­one did. I mean, he’s per­fect. I’m not go­ing to say I was sad. I was just scared for him be­cause I didn’t think he’d make it.” Be­cause Eli was born with­out a nose, he must use a tra­cheostomy, a tube that will as­sist his breath­ing. McGlath­ery said she and her fam­ily have all been trained in con­trol­ling her child’s equip­ment, and all re­ceived CPR train­ing.

“Af­ter I re­al­ized noth­ing wrong was him health-wise, I was scared what other peo­ple would say,” McGlath­ery said.

“I don’t ever want my son to come home and say ‘mommy, some­body made fun of my nose.’ But I also don’t want oth­ers to pity him.”

On March 30, McGlath­ery brought Eli home and she said he’s been do­ing won­der­fully since.

“He’s an ex­tremely happy baby and does cute stuff all the time,” she said. “There’s a rea­son aside from his health is­sue and not hav­ing a nose as to why we call him our mir­a­cle baby. He just tugs on peo­ple’s heart strings. It’s his de­meanor.”

“I don’t think my son will ever have an idea of how much he’s im­pacted peo­ple,” McGlath­ery added. “He’s def­i­nitely started some­thing and has got a big pur­pose in life. He’s go­ing to have one hell of a tes­ti­mony to tell peo­ple one day.”

Eli Thomp­son was born March 4 with­out a nose.

Sharon Stein­mann/AL.com

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