A mother has abandoned her premature baby girl born in an Indian city because she looks like an alien. The 28-year-old woman, who refused to reveal her identity, gave birth to the girl at a government-run hospital in Patna district of Bihar, in eastern India yesterday.
The shocked parents called the child a curse and refused to accept her. After she was brought home, the mother refused to hold her in her arms and feed her.
The mother said: “I have no idea how did this happen. I and family are completely devastated. I am in shock as I was really looking forward to becoming a mother of a healthy child, be it a girl or a boy.”
Doctors believe that the girl wouldn’t survive for long as none of her organs has developed properly and that the probability of survival of such cases is only one in 10 million, according to The Express.
The rare genetic condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis happens due to an acute case of malnutrition causing thickening of the skin and facial deformities. Within hours of the news of the bizarre-looking girl’s birth broke, scores of locals flocked to the hospital to have a glimpse of her.
Doctors were forced to intervene to remove the number of people gathered outside the hospital to see the baby.