Eli Thompson was born Mar. 4 in Alabama, but different from other babies, he has a very unique feature that melted our hearts.
The now-four week old was born without a nose.
His mother, Brandi McGlathery only realized this when the doctor handed her son to her shortly after birth.
Eli, who immediately started breathing normally through his mouth, McGlathery told the Mobile Press-Register, was taken to USA Childrenâ€™s and Womenâ€™s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama, after his condition was discovered.
Eli was five days old when doctors performed a respiratory procedure called tracheotomy to assist with his breathing, and since then, â€œheâ€™s been a much happier baby,â€ McGlathery told the paper.
Because of the procedure, however, Eli doesnâ€™t make noise when he cries and his mother must keep a constant eye on him.
According to a 2014 article published by the U.S. National Library of Medicine on a similar case, at the time, there were only 43 recorded cases congenital arhinia since the first was reported in 1931.
It can potentially be life-threatening by causing breathing and feeding problems, but there are known cases of babies making it well into adulthood.
The chances of being born with the malformation, his mother said, is 1 in 197 million.
McGlathery told the Press-Register sheâ€™s already made contact with parents who have had children born without a nose, and other patients who have grown up with the malformation.
She and a lactation consultant researched online together to breastfeed Eli after the tracheotomy, and have consulted with doctors on what she and her family will have to know to care for the baby at home.
Meanwhile, McGlathery told the Press-Register she and Eliâ€™s father, Troy Thomspon, have decided not to do any plastic surgery until he grows up and decides on his own whether to go that route.
â€œUntil the day he wants to have a nose, we donâ€™t want to touch him,â€ she told the newspaper. â€œWe have to take it day by day.â€
Until, McGlathery said, â€œheâ€™s perfect the way he is.â€
Eliâ€™s story has spread online, with one friend creating a Facebook page to keep everyone updated on the familyâ€™s progress.
And since the family now faces years of surgeries and expensive medical costs, family friends set up a GoFundMe page to raise money.
As of Tuesday evening, more than $5,000 (RM18498.75) had been raised.-MYNEWSHUB.CC