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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.

Sources: AL.com | h/t Mashable