Eli Thompson was born March 4, at South Baldwin Hospital in Foley, Alabama without a nose; a rare condition known as Congenital Arhinia. Only about 43 cases have been reported since 1931 with the rate of incidence at one in every 197 million babies.
After delivery, Eli was placed on his mother’s chest when she noticed he had no nose. She said, “I pulled back and said, ‘Something’s wrong!’ And the doctor said, ‘No, he’s perfectly fine.’ Then I shouted, ‘He doesn’t have a nose!’
Ultrasounds prior to Eli’s birth had never shown any defects.This extremely rare entity is often associated with anomalies of the ocular and central nervous systems. It has also been associated with inversion and trisomy of chromosome 9.
Congenital arhinia can make it hard for babies to breathe and feed; however, there have been cases in which people with the condition live into adulthood. Eli doesn’t have a nasal cavity and olfactory system either.
The upside to this condition is that it can be corrected with staged surgery and with his Facebook account, his parents have been able to raise over $5000 for his medical expenses and surgery when he is older.