#1 Baby Eli
On March 4, 2015 a very special baby named Eli Thompson came into the world – but had one major problem his mother noticed as she looked at him. Congenital Arhinia is the extremely rare condition with only 47 CASES so far. = So of course, doctors had no idea what to do, so Eli was taken from his mother.
#2 Live Or Die
His mother didn’t know if her baby would live or die.”That entire night, I was scared, alone, & confused,” she wrote on her GoFundMe page. “I called every 15 minutes to ask if my child was still alive.”
#3 The Problem
Doctors finally realized that Eli wouldn’t be able to eat and breathe at the same time. So he underwent a tracheostomy to make an opening is made in the windpipe to allow breathing. But he wasn’t out of the woods yet…
#4 Intensive Care
Eli spent weeks in the neo-natal intensive-care unit, but he proved that having no nose wasn’t going to bring him down. As he grows he will need to undergo surgeries every year or two for reconstructive surgery until he reaches puberty.
#5 Go Fund Me
“After a lengthy conversation, many tears, thanks, & hallelujahs, we FINALLY have a game plan set in place for Eli,” McGlathery said in an update on the GoFundMe page. “In January, just 2 months shy of Eli’s first birthday (yes, our baby is already almost 7 months old!), we will travel to London for our first assessment.” his mother said.
#6 Everyone Is Beautiful
We’re sure everyone is anxious waiting for the day Eli receives his new nose. And until then, he’s busy being absolutely freaking adorable! Most of all he proves that being different doesn’t mean you aren’t beautiful. It just means you have an amazing chance to inspire others through your incredible bravery.