Wednesday, 1 April 2015


Eli Thompson: Baby Born Without Nose Is One In 197 Million

When Eli Thompson was born on March 4, weighing in at 6 pounds, 8 ounces, the delivering doctor immediately placed the baby boy on his mother Brandi’s chest. And as the doctor helped Eli’s father Troy cut the cord, Brandi looked at her baby for the first time.

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

The delivering doctor hadn’t even noticed what was so obvious to Eli’s mother — Eli was born with a rare facial anomaly called complete congenital arhinia, meaning he was born without a nose. In addition to not having an external nose, Eli does not have a nasal cavity or an olfactory system. There are only about 37 cases like Eli’s worldwide, and the chances of a baby being born with congenital arhinia is about one in 197 million.

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