Chinese baby born with no eyes. A mother’s courage to defy the odds and continue raising her son despite its affliction with Anophthalmia.
Liu Peihua, a Chinese mother from Guangzhou has told of her devastation finding out that her newborn baby was born without eyes. This despite going through a normal pregnancy.
Afflicted with a condition known as Anophthalmia, the woman’s son, born on September 20 was born with an eye condition where the child is bereft of or has little eye tissue.
Notes wikipedia: ‘Both the globe (human eye) and the ocular tissue are missing from the orbit.’
The condition which according to China’s CRI afflicts 30 in every 10,000 children, means Liu Peihua’s son will never see. The UK’s NHS estimates the condition affecting one in every 100 000 births.
According to the People’s Daily Online the mother’s plight has ignited mainstream China with her son since been dubbed ‘the baby with no eyes.’
What has outraged and confused Liu Peihua’s family most of all is how the son came to be born with the affliction despite having attended every antenatal check and not once being informed that there were any unusual results.
Most vexing, reports the dailymail is the fact that anophtalmia cannot be spotted in ultrasounds and conventional tests during pregnancy. Presupposing the notion that perhaps the family were not afforded all the most advanced possible tests to ward against any possible health or body issue.
A report via CRI tells of the child’s family now receiving extensive specialist assistance to see if there are any other health issues.
The family are also now hopeful of receiving help from a number of charities to help plan for their son’s future.
They say their son is like any other baby, crying loudly for milk and swinging his hands.
The boy’s mother says she was devastated when she learned about her son’s condition, but she is determined to bring him up despite the obstacles the family might face in the years to come.
There is no current treatment for Anophthalmia although some children have artificial eyes fitted to help the bones around the eyes grow naturally.