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Eli Thompson was born on March 4th to Brandi McGlathery and it was immediately discovered that he had no nose. He didn’t have any breathing problems and began breathing through his mouth. Even so he had a tracheotomy to assist with his breathing and since then, according to his mother, he has been a much happier baby.
The operation however, did leave him unable to make noise when he cries so his mother will have to keep a constant eye on him.
Eli’s condition is called congenital arhinia and is extremely rare. It only affects 1 out of a 197 million babies. It has been reported 43 times since it’s discovery in 1931. It has been known to cause breathing problems but there have been cases where babies have made it to adulthood.
Eli’s parents Brandi McGlathery and Troy have consulted with various people who have gone through the same ordeal and lactation experts on how to feed little Eli and have decided that until he grows up to decide whether he wants a nose they aren’t going to touch him. Brandi says “he’s perfect the way he is.”
But the family faces years of expensive surgeries and so a GoFundMe page has been setup on Facebook and as of Tuesday (8th April), $36,800 have been raised.