A woman has given birth to a baby boy with no eyes. Liu Peihua gave birth on September 20 to a young boy who was born with no eye tissue.
It is believed the baby has Anophthalmia which affects one in 100,000 babies. Mrs Peihua is now seeking specialist treatment for her son in Guangzhou, China.
The baby has been dubbed ‘the baby with no eyes’ by Chinese press which reported that there had been no indication prior to his birth that he had the condition. The family is now looking to the future and hope that charities can help with planning their son’s future.
His mother said that she was devastated that her son has the condition but that he is crying for milk and is just like any other baby.
WHAT IS ANOPTHALMIA?
Anophthalmia means an absence of the eye.
A child may be born with one, or both eyes, missing from the eye socket.
The rare disorder develops during pregnancy and can be associated with other birth defects.
The condition may be caused by genetic mutations and abnormal chromosomes.
Researchers also believe that environmental factors, such as exposure to X-rays, chemicals, drugs, pesticides, toxins, radiation, or viruses, increase the risk of anophthalmia, but research is not conclusive.
Unfortunately, there is no treatment that will restore vision in children affected by Anophthalmia.
Children will need to undergo repeated hospital visits and many have prosthetic eyes to ensure that the bone and soft tissue around the eye socket grows properly and to improve appearance.
Source: The Micro and Anopthalmic Children’s Society
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