April 1, 2015 by Bill Johnson
Eli Thompson came into this world in the late afternoon of March 4, perfectly healthy, but with one distinction — he didn’t have a nose.
“The day I delivered, everything went fine,” mom Brandi McGlathery told ABC News today. “At 4:42 when he was born, he came out and the doctor put him on my chest. When I took a closer look at him, I said, ‘He doesn’t have a nose,’ and they took him out of the room.”
“He had the most apologetic look on his face,” she said. “I knew right away that something was wrong.”
Although her baby showed no signs of additional abnormalities, McGlathery said she was at first shocked and upset to hear the news from her doctor.
Dr. R. Craig Brown, McGlathery’s obstetrician, said his own research has revealed only 38 cases of “absolutely nothing being wrong other than no nose.” That’s very, very rare.
“I’ve seen facial abnormalities, cleft lip and palate, but this is the first time I’ve seen a case with just no nose,” Brown told ABC News.
McGlathery became Brown’s patient early in her pregnancy, he said, noting that the 23-year-old mom of three showed no signs of a high risks, and tests showed Eli to have a nasal bone.
“She came in right at 37 weeks and went into labor,” Brown said. “Once I delivered him and we cleaned him off I could tell something wasn’t right, but I didn’t want to alarm her.”
Other than not having a nose, “he’s doing great,” Brown said. “He’s a super cute kid and you could tell he was fighting.”
“I recounted everything I did throughout my pregnancy to figure out if i did something wrong,” McGlathery said. “I realized it was nothing anyone did. I mean, he’s perfect. I’m not going to say I was sad. I was just scared for him because I didn’t think he’d make it.”
Because Eli was born without a nose, he must use a tracheostomy, a tube that will assist his breathing.
McGlathery said she and her family have all been trained in controlling her child’s equipment, and all received CPR training.
“After I realized nothing wrong was him health-wise, I was scared what other people would say,” McGlathery said. “I don’t ever want my son to come home and say ‘mommy, somebody made fun of my nose.’ But I also don’t want others to pity him.”