Doctors witness a great deal of human suffering and struggle in their daily work, leading many to believe that they have seen it all. However, there are still cases that surprise even experienced medical professionals, such as the recent birth of a baby boy without a nose.
The doctors involved in the delivery admitted that they had never encountered such a condition before. The absence of a nose means that the infant must gasp for breath, presenting a unique challenge for his survival. The doctors diagnosed the baby with microcephaly, a condition characterized by an unusually small head, which can also impact brain development.
Microcephaly can be caused by genetic factors, maternal drug or alcohol abuse, or exposure to toxins, including the Zika virus, during pregnancy. In this case, reports suggest that the rural family has declined a tracheotomy for the newborn, which would involve inserting a tube into the windpipe to facilitate breathing and improve the baby’s chances of survival.