A baby born with a rare genetic condition in India, was shunned by its mother
The 28-year-old woman, who refused to reveal her identity, gave birth to the girl at a government-run hospital in Patna district of Bihar, in eastern India yesterday.
Within hours of the news of the bizarre looking girl's birth broke, scores of locals flocked to the hospital to have a glimpse of her.
Doctors were forced to intervene to remove the number of people gathered outside the hospital to see the baby.
Doctors believe the girl will not survive very long
The young parents, who claim to be traumatised by the birth, called the child a curse and refused to accept her.
I have no idea how did this happen. Me and family are completely devastated
While they brought her home, the mother refused to hold her in her arms and feed her.
The mother said: “I have no idea how did this happen. Me and family are completely devastated. I am in shock as I was really looking forward to becoming a mother of a healthy child, be it a girl or a boy.”
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The illness causes thickening of the skin and facial deformities
Doctors believe that the girl wouldn't survive for long as none of her organs have developed properly and that the probability of survival of such cases is only one in 10 million.
The rare genetic condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis happens due to an acute case of malnutrition causing thickening of the skin and facial deformities.
It is thought to affect one in 300,000 births.