MOBILE, Ala. (WKRN) – A mother whose baby was born without a nose says her son is perfect just the way he is.
ABC News reported that 23-year-old Brandi McGlathery gave birth to her son Eli on March 4 at USA Children’s and Women’s Hospital in Mobile, Alabama.
“The day I delivered, everything went fine,” McGlathery explained. “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.”
McGlathery’s doctor, R. Craig Brown, then sat on her bed to explain what happened.
“He had the most apologetic look on his face,” she said. “I knew right away that something was wrong.”
Dr. Brown told her because Eli was born without a nose, he would have to use a tracheostomy, a tube that will assist his breathing.
He went on to say the infant’s condition is very rare. McGlathery, a mother of three, showed no signs of being high risk and tests showed Eli had a nasal bone. According to Dr. Brown’s research, there have only been 38 cases of “absolutely nothing being wrong other than no nose.”
“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 says she was initially concerned that this was her fault.
“I recounted everything I did throughout my pregnancy to figure out if i did something wrong. 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.”
The family has taken steps to help Eli with his condition. They have all been trained on operating the baby’s equipment and received CPR training.
McGlathery brought Eli home on March 30. She said he’s a happy baby that people love to be around.
“I don’t think my son will ever have an idea of how much he’s impacted people. 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.”