Baby Eli Thompson came into this world in the late afternoon of March 4, perfectly healthy, but with one ᴅɪsᴛɪɴᴄᴛɪᴏɴ — he didn’t have a nose.
His mom Brandi McGlathery said: “The day I delivered, everything went fine, 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.”
She said that her doctor sat beside her bed to explain to her what was wrong with Eli.
“He had the most ᴀᴘᴏʟᴏɢᴇᴛɪᴄ ʟᴏᴏᴋ on his face, I knew right away that something was wrong”, she said
Although her baby showed nᴏ signs of ᴀᴅᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴᴀʟ ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs, McGlathery said she was at first sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ and upset to hear the news from her doctor.Dr. R. Craig Brown, McGlathery’s ᴏʙsᴛᴇᴛʀɪᴄɪᴀɴ, said his own research has revealed only 38 cases of “absolutely nothing being wrong other than no nose.” That’s very, very rare.
“I’ve seen facial ᴀʙɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟɪᴛɪᴇs, cleft ʟɪᴘ and ᴘᴀʟᴀᴛᴇ, but this is the first time I’ve seen a case with just no nose,” Brown said
McGlathery became Brown’s ᴘᴀᴛɪᴇɴᴛ early in her pregnancy, he said, noting that the 23-year-old mom of three showed no signs of a ʜɪɢʜ ʀɪsᴋs, and tests showed Eli to have a nasal bone.
Brown said: “She came in right at 37 weeks and went into labor, Once I delivered him and we cleaned him off I could tell something wasn’t right, but I didn’t want to alarm her.”
Other than not having a nose, “he’s doing great,” Brown said. “He’s a super cute kid and you could tell he was Fɪɢʜᴛɪɴɢ.”
McGlathery continued: “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 sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ for him because I didn’t think he’d make it.”
Because Eli was born without a nose, he must use a ᴛʀᴀᴄʜᴇᴏsᴛᴏᴍʏ, a tube that will assist his breathing. McGlathery said she and her family have all been trained in controlling her child’s equipment, and all received CPR ᴛʀᴀɪɴɪɴɢ.
“After I realized nothing wrong was him health-wise, I was sᴄᴀʀᴇᴅ what other people would say,” McGlathery said. “I don’t ever want my son to come home and say ‘mommy, somebody made fun of my ɴᴏsᴇ.’ But I also don’t want others to pity him”
On March 30, McGlathery brought Eli home and she said he’s been doing wonderfully since.
“He’s an extremely happy baby and does cute stuff all the time, There’s a reason aside from his ʜᴇᴀʟᴛʜ issue and not having a ɴᴏsᴇ as to why we call him our miracle baby. He just tugs on people’s heart strings. It’s his demeanor.” she said
McGlathery added: “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.”
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