Newborn Baby Boy Is Rejected By His Mother For “Looking Like An Alien"


A couple of days ago, 35-year-old Khalida Begum, from India, gave birth to the as-yet-unnamed baby. Doctors diagnosed him with a rare genetic condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis. Later, he was shunned by his mother. Here are the details…

Doctors in India diagnosed the baby with an extremely rare genetic condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis, which gives sufferers thick skin and deformed features.

However, his symptoms also appear to be consistent with another uncommon defect called anencephaly. 

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Anencephaly causes babies to be born without the top parts of the brain and skull. Specifically, the forebrain and cerebrum. Meanwhile, the remaining parts are often not covered by bone or skin.

Roughly three pregnancies in every 10,000 are affected by anencephaly.

The mother-of-four, from Kathihar in the North Indian state of Bihar, initially demanded midwives remove him from sight. “Several body parts of the baby is not completely developed,” she told local reporters.  'When I saw the baby after delivery for the first time, I was completely shocked to see the alien-looking boy.”

“I couldn't believe that I had a delivered an alien-like boy. I was so shocked and saddened by this that I asked the midwife to take the baby out of my sight.”

Fortunately, several hours later, she relented and happily began nursing the child.

Since the news came out villagers have been flocking to the family home believing he is an incarnation of the Hindu monkey God Hanuman.

If the diagnosis of Harlequin Ichthyosis turns out to be true, here's what it roughly means:  It is, first of all, extremely rare, and comes out of the blue. The parents of an affected baby are carriers and will have a one in four risk of any baby being affected. The condition causes the skin to grow seven times faster than normal.

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