Meet Eli, A Baby Born Without A Nose.
When preparing for little Eli’s birth, his parents did not know he would come out with a rare condition that only affects 1 in 197 million babies.
Eli was born in Alabama this last March, but it wasn’t until doctors handed him to his mother, Brandy McGlathery, that she realized he had no nose.
This condition is called congenital arhinia, a malformation which is extremely rare.
Even so, Eli began breathing normally through his mouth immediately after his birth.
He was taken to USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, as soon as his condition was discovered.
When Eli was five days old, the doctors performed the tracheotomy to assist him with his breathing.
Since then, McGlathery reports that Eli has “been a much happier baby.”
McGlathery Told the Press-Register that she and Eli’s father, Troy Thompson, have decided not to do any plastic surgery until he grows up and decides on his own whether to go that route.
“Until the day he wants to have a nose, we don’t want to touch him,” she told the newspaper. “We have to take it day by day. He is perfect the way he is.”