*It was almost two weeks after Kelly Lopez gave birth to her son Richie, that she discovered he had no eyes.
Richie was born three months ago following a normal pregnancy and ultrasound, at first Kelly thought the infant’s face was swollen, but two weeks later, an MRI test indicated that Richie Lopez had been born without any eyes.
“I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting,” Richie’s mother told 3TV. “The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was it not even caught?”
Expanders were sutured into the little boy’s eye sockets to keep them spaced and ready for future prosthetic replacements, but he rubbed them out. Although Kelly found the experience “emotional” but necessary, she was able to re-insert one, but believes the family dog may have eaten the other.
Doctors said the child still had his optical nerve. “I do hope that one day they’ll be able to either grow an eye or transplant an eye,” Kelly Lopez said.
Last year a baby was born without eyes in Denver, Colo. Doctors said the infant had a rare condition called Anophthalmia, which affects one in 250,000 people. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention defines it as “total absence of the eye tissue or apparent absence of the globe in an orbit that otherwise contains normal adnexal structures.”
WARNING GRAPHIC: Watch Kelly Lopez speak about the reaction from the hospital in the video directly below.