With the luck that Brandi McGlathery has, she should buy a lottery ticket.
Doctors told her that it was a one in 197 million chance that her baby Eli would be born the way he was. Some would argue it was a bad thing, but when you see his face, you’ll soon see that she’s the proud parent of the most precious baby in the whole world.
Everything was normal as far as McGlathery was concerned before her son was born in Foley, Alabama.But on March 4, 2015, Eli Thompson came into the world with one major problem staring his mother in the face.Eli had no nose.
The condition is known as congenital arhinia, and is extremely rare with only about 47 cases being reported so far, according to the National Institutes of Health.Doctors had no idea what to do, and immediately took Eli to a hospital an hour away, and out of the arms of his mother.
McGlathery was as clueless as the doctors, and wasn’t even sure if her baby would live or die.”That entire night, I was scared, alone, & confused,” she wrote on herGoFundMe page. “I called every 15 minutes to ask if my child was still alive.”
Doctors quickly realized the main problem: Eli wouldn’t be able to eat and breathe at the same time. Therefore, he underwent a tracheostomy where an opening is made in the windpipe to allow breathing. Unfortunately, that surgery wouldn’t be even close to the last.
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