Baby born with­out nose is ‘per­fect’: mom

The China Post - - LIFE -

Mo­ments af­ter lit­tle Eli Thomp­son was born, his mother knew im­me­di­ately that some­thing wasn’t right.

“I pulled back and said, ‘Some­thing’s wrong!,’” Brandi McGlath­ery told Al.com. “And the doc­tor said, ‘No, he’s per­fectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!’”

Eli Thomp­son be­gan breath­ing through his mouth right away on March 4 at a Mo­bile, Alabama, hos­pi­tal, McGlath­ery said.

Not hav­ing a nose “didn’t faze him at all,” she said.

Eli was born with a rare con­di­tion known as com­plete con­gen­i­tal arhinia, his mother said.

The con­di­tion af­fects fewer than 40 other peo­ple around the world, the Uni­ver­sity of South Alabama Chil­dren’s & Women’s said in a state­ment on Hos­pi­tal its Face- book ac­count.

The baby was moved

to

the neona­tal in­ten­sive care unit at Chil­dren’s & Women’s Hos­pi­tal and had a tra­cheotomy at 5 days old, Brandi McGlath­ery said.

“Be­tween the nurses here and Ron­ald McDon­ald House, ev­ery­one has gone above and be­yond,” she said. “The nurse from the pod comes to check on her ‘boyfriend.’ She got at­tached to him.”

Eli will have to grow past pu­berty be­fore his nasal pas­sage­ways could be re­built sur­gi­cally, his mother said. Un­til then, she said, she wants to spare him any un­nec­es­sary fa­cial surg­eries.

“We think he’s per­fect the way he is,” she said, nod­ding to­ward her sleep­ing son in his crib.

“Un­til the day he wants to have a nose, we don’t want to touch him. We have to take it day by day.”

AP

Norma Mayzes holds her grand­son Eli Thomp­son at the NICU at USA Chil­dren’s and Women’s Hos­pi­tal in Mo­bile, Alabama on March 19.

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