At almost a month old, baby Eli has no nose or olfactory system, but his mom says he's "perfect."


There are only 37 cases of Eli's condition worldwide. (via Eli's Story on Facebook)

When baby Eli was born on March 4, 2015, everything seemed normal — the doctor placed Eli on his mother Brandi McGlathery's chest, and helped his father, Troy Thompson, cut the umbilical cord. Then Brandi looked at her baby, and as she told AL.com,

"I pulled back and said, 'Something's wrong!' And the doctor said, 'No, he's perfectly fine.' Then I shouted, 'He doesn't have a nose!'"

The doctor took Eli away, then finally came back and confirmed — Eli had no nose. Thankfully, though, he had started breathing through his mouth right away, and a tracheotomy at five days old has helped him breathe even easier.


Brandi and Eli. (via Eli's Story on Facebook)

Eli's condition is called complete congenital arhinia, which affects 1 in 197 million people. You can see the li'l peanut, who his mother describes as a "miracle baby," in this video from AL.com:

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Brandi's best friend, Crystal Weaver, set up a Facebook page and a GoFundMe account so that people can follow Eli's story and donate funds to help with the medical bills. Brandi says that she has also found support in Gráinne Evans, a woman who lives in Ireland whose daughter has the same condition.


Eli looking dapper in a tie. (via Eli's Story on Facebook)

There are no plans to construct a nose for Eli anytime soon. They need to wait until Eli hits puberty, because the condition affects his pituitary gland, and Brandi also says she plans to wait until Eli wants to have a nose.

Sources: AL.com | h/t Mashable