KATHIHAR, Bihar: The mother of a newly born baby in India was stunned after the birth of her newly born baby boy with bulging eyes, small head and shell-like body.
A large number of people had gathered in Kadamgachi village in Kathihar, to watch the weird looking baby. The baby boy has become the cynosure for visitors who believe he is a reincarnation of a Hindu monkey God Hanuman.
The boy was given the title of ‘alien’ by his own mother, who refused to breastfeed him. The shocked mother said that she didn’t know what happened to her baby, adding, “he is not a human being.”
Khalida Begum, mother of four kids, gave birth to the yet-to-be-named baby on Monday and she was terrified when she saw that her baby had a small head and bulging eyes that looked terrified giving him an alien look.
Doctors of India had diagnosed that the baby was suffering with the rare genetic condition called harlequin ichthyosis, which caused the boy with the thick skin and deformed features. However, his symptoms also appear to be consistent with another uncommon disease called Anancephaly.
Mother of the boy said that her four of the children were born without any deformity. It would take time to absorb the shock.
She added: ‘I couldn’t believe that I had 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.’
Father of the boy had said that: ‘Maybe God has sent him as an exhibit.’
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had statwd that harlequin ichthyosis caused the boy to be born without top parts of the brain and skull. The remaining parts of the body had not been completely developed.
Roughly three out of ten thousand pregnancies are affected by anencephaly, while only five UK kids are born annually with harlequin ichthyosis.
It is not known how long the baby boy is expected to survive.