*Sometimes we really have to be careful what we ask for. Before the birth of his new son, one father joked that he hoped the kid wouldn’t inherit his nose. Nobody thought anything of the comment, and probably just laughed at it. Until little Eli Thompson was born…
And the one thing he was missing, was a nose.
“I pulled back and said, ‘Something’s wrong!,” said Brandi McGlathery, the baby’s mom. “And the doctor said, ‘No, he’s perfectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!'”
But the senses of even an infant has a way of figuring things out, and according to McGlathery, little Eli began breathing through his mouth right away.
Not having a nose “didn’t faze him at all,” she said.
The child, delivered at South Baldwin hospital in Mobile, Alabama, was born with a rare condition called congenital arhinia. A condition that only 40 people worldwide is affected by, according to a statement on the Facebook page of the University of South Alabama Children’s & Women’s Hospital.
Eli was moved to the neonatal intensive care unit at Children’s & Women’s Hospital and had a tracheotomy at 5 days old, Brandi McGlathery said.
“Between the nurses here and the Ronald McDonald House, everyone has gone above and beyond,” she said. “The nurse from the pod comes to check on her ‘boyfriend.’ She got attached to him.”
As for what the future may hold for Eli, surgery won’t be possible until he grows past puberty. Then his nasal passageways can be surgically altered, according to his mother. Until that time she wants to spare him any unnecessary facial surgeries.
“We think he’s perfect the way he is,” she said, nodding toward her sleeping son in his crib.
“Until the day he wants to have a nose, we don’t want to touch him. We have to take it day by day.”