Catherine Howarth a Nigerian born UK mother has given birth to a white child. The black mother is said to have beaten odds a million to one that a mother from a different race could give birth to a child of another race.
So surprised was Catherine Howarth of the June 1 birth of her son Jonah, the mother did a double take when she came to see her son had green eyes, light brown hair and pale white skin.
Told the mother via the The Sunday Mirror: ‘The midwife looked at me and looked back down at Jonah and then at me again and couldn’t believe it.’
‘Some children get darker after a few weeks when the skin color they will have for life starts to become obvious. But you can see from the color at the tips of their ears what that Jonah was fully white.
‘We have been told I must have been carrying a recessive gene. My parents were from Nigeria and, for as far back as anyone can remember; my family have all been black.’
‘But at some point there must have been a white gene in my family that has remained dormant for years and years – until now.’
‘The doctors said they had researched the chances of this happening and discovered that it was very, very rare.’
Catherine’s husband, Richard, 34, who works as a medical recruitment consultant, was equally as shocked when he first saw his son, who is the couple’s first child together.
However, he was primarily just happy that Jonah was strong and healthy, after he got the umbilical cord tangled round his neck during labour – a potentially dangerous complication.
Offered the new dad: ‘The color of Jonah’s skin is of no concern – Jonah being a healthy and happy baby is what matters.’
‘Despite the initial shock, Richard and I couldn’t be happier,’ Catherine said. ‘Jonah is a beautiful, happy and smiling son, and I adore him.’
The couple have been told that they are unlikely to have another white baby if they have further children, due to the extremely rare combination of genes needed.
Yet in coming to terms how the black mother was able to give birth to a white child, doctors at Queen Mary Hospital in Sidcup in Kent, in another instance where black parents gave rise to a blonde blue eyed daughter, immediately ruled out albinism, leading experts to conclude, that like Jonah, Benjaman and Angela Ihegboro‘s daughter, Nmachi’s coloring must have been the result of recessive genes.
Told Benjamin Ihegboro of the 2010 birth: ‘No one in the family is aware of any white blood at all, and I don’t really know how you go about looking any further. Part of me wants to know what’s happened here, to have an answer to tell Nmachi when she gets older. But another part of me thinks that it doesn’t matter. Perhaps God made her like this for a reason.
‘And quite honestly, at the end of the day it doesn’t matter whether she is white or black or red or green. She’s beautiful and healthy, and that’s what is important.’