Meet baby Eli. He was born just a few months ago. As one in 197 million, he was born without a nose (or nasal cavity). Since the discovery of the rare disease in 1931, congenital arhinia has been documented a scant 43 times.
Lizzy, from The Awesome Daily, has been covering the story of baby Eli and the steps that have been and will be taken to ensure his breathing is as uncomplicated as possible. Within five days of birth, doctors performed a tracheotomy and more surgeries, such as 3-d printed prosthetics are in the works for when he reaches the age of puberty.
Until then, baby Eli appears to be the cat's meow with the internet virtually breaking when the GoFundMe page was set up to help cover medical costs last Fall. The much-anticipated $5,000 mark was quickly obliterated when global funding reached past $37,000. While that sounds like a lot of money, it can't compare to the lifelong medical care that will be required to fix and manage the disease.
Honestly, I've never seen a more beautiful and cute baby with an obvious medical condition.
Tessa, born to different parents, also has the same condition as baby Eli. She's a toddler now, and will be undergoing a prosthetic procedure as shown above.
I am just amazed at what science and medicine has and can do to fix the human body. Just stunning!