The odds for both Tessa Evans, who's 2, and Eli Thompson, who's 7 months, to be born without a nose is one in 197 million. Arhinia, as the condition is called, is so rare that only 47 people in the world have it. Yet these two children found a way to meet, even though they live thousands of miles away--Eli in Alabama, Tessa in Ireland.
When little Eli was born, his mom, Brandi McGlathery, felt so alone, even though he was a happy baby.
Posted by Eli's Story on Thursday, April 23, 2015
Luckily, she discovered Tessa's Facebook page, and the two families bonded.
Tessa's mom, Gráinne, proved a valuable source of information for Brandi, so when Tessa's family won a free trip to Atlanta, Brandi was determined to travel there with Eli. When the two families met, Tessa reached out and touched the place where Eli's nose would be--then touched her face in the same spot. ”Tessa was totally taken with Eli and hugged him and stroked his head. Watching Eli gaze up at her was too precious for words," Gráinne wrote on Facebook after the meeting.
The two will have to go through several surgeries before a prosthetic nose can be attached to their faces. But that's in the future. For now, it was gratifying for each child to see another little one with the same type of face. And, as Gráinne wrote, for the two most unique babies on the planet to share a cuddle.
Here's a video about the Tessa and Eli.
Baby Eli meets Baby Tessa"Two of the most unique babies on the planet sharing a cuddle."Posted by al.com on Thursday, October 15, 2015
"Two of the most unique babies on the planet sharing a cuddle."
Posted by Tessa; Born Extraordinary. on Tuesday, October 6, 2015