What will you do if you discover afterwards that you gave birth to a baby without eyes? That’s exactly what happened to an Arizona mother, Kelly Lopez, according to AZFamily.com.
It was discovered 2 weeks later after baby boy Richie Lopez was born he was without eyes. The incident happened in East Valley at Banner Desert Medical Center in Mesa
Her pregnancy was normal, Kelly said, and there was no indication that the baby has no eyes at all. The baby is now 3 months old.
Kelly’s concern about her son’s not opening his eyes was dismissed by the hospital staff as a result of a swollen face. It was only after an MRI was done 2 weeks later it was discovered he was born with no eyes.
“I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting,” Kelly Lopez said. “The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen, and how was it not even caught?”
Doctors placed expanders in Richie’s eye sockets when he was seven weeks old in order to allow the eye socket to grow for a prosthetic eyeball in the future. Richie has frequently rubbed the expanders out, and as a result one was chewed by their family dog.
Expanders were placed by doctors in Richie’s eye sockets seven weeks later to allow it to develop and make it possible to insert prosthetic eyes in the future. The baby keeps on rubbing the expanders out and the family dog ate one of it.
“It was so emotional, but I knew I had to do it. I knew that he needed this and I had no other choice; we were going to get it back in,” Lopez said.
Doctors say the baby has an optic nerve that gives hope that he may be able to see one day.
“I do hope that one day that they’ll be able to either grow an eye or transplant an eye,” Kelly said.
According to the Daily Mail, the condition is called Anophthalmia. It means without eyes. There’s no plausible explanation at present why this condition happens.
At present, Richie wears sunglasses especially made for infants.