Mother, health experts, villagers and the entire nation of India – alarmed by the baby, deemed to be an Alien. The child was born to Khalida Begum, 35, four days ago on Monday night, March 20th, 2017.
The child was soon after birth, called an ‘Alien’ due to being born with a very rare medical condition. So much so, that the child surprise the mother herself.
“When I saw the baby after delivery for the first time, I was completely shocked to see the alien-looking boy. My other children were born healthy without any deformity,” the mother said. She has now also refused to keep the baby.
Although, doctors consider the condition to be what is known as Harlequin Ichthyosis, it is also disputed as the symptoms are really similar Anencephaly.
Stats suggest that roughly 3 babies out of 10,000 are born with Harlequin Ichthyosis. It causes the child to be born without the front part of the brain.
There was a point after the birth when the mother simply asked everyone to take the baby away from her. While on the other hand, many people from the village have begun to consider the child as a reincarnation of Hanuman (The Hindu Monkey God).
However, after a couple of hours of disbelieve, the mother accepted the child, like a mother should.
WHAT IS ANENCEPHALY?
“Anencephaly is a term that refers to the incomplete development of the brain, skull, and scalp and is part of a group of birth defects called neural tube defects (NTD). The structure which will become the neural tube is supposed to fold and to close together (to form a tube) during the third and fourth weeks of pregnancy. From this neural tube, the brain and spinal cord of the embryo develop. Neural tube defects happen when the neural tube does not close as expected. Anencephaly occurs when the end of the neural tube that would have developed into the brain does not close properly, resulting in the failure of the development of major portions of brain, skull and scalp. Other neural tube defects, such as spina bifida, form when the neural tube does not close properly in a different part of the neural tube.
Infants with anencephaly are born without the front part of the brain, (forebrain) and the thinking and coordinating part of the brain (cerebral hemispheres and cerebellum). Most of the time the remaining brain tissue may be exposed, without skull or scalp to cover and protect it. Although reflex actions such as breathing and responses to touch or sound may occur, gaining consciousness is not possible. Usually infants with anencephaly do not survive more than a few days or weeks.” –