A 35-year-old Indian woman on Monday night branded her newborn an Alien baby after she gave birth to a scary looking child with an extremely rare genetic condition.
According to reports, doctors in India have said that the baby has been born with harlequin ichthyosis, a genetic condition that affects the skin and gives sufferers deformed features.
However, his symptoms also appear to be consistent with another uncommon defect called Anencephaly.
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention, harlequin ichthyosis causes babies to be born without top parts of the brain and skull, specifically, the forebrain and cerebrum.
The mother of the baby has been identified as Khalida Begum. She asked midwives to take the baby away from her after she saw her baby had a small head and bulging eyes.
In a surprising twist to the story, villagers in Kadamgachi in Kathihar are rushing to the family home of the baby and mother with the belief that the alleged alien baby is an incarnation of Hindu monkey God Hanuman.
The mother of four, Khalida Begum told reporters:
“Several body parts of the baby is not completely developed. When I saw the baby for the first after delivery, I was completely shocked to see an alien looking boy.”
”I couldn’t believe that had I delivered an Alien baby. I was so shocked and saddened by this that I asked the midwife to take the baby out of my sight. My other children were born healthy without any deformity.”
Fortunately, seven hours after childbirth, Khalida relented and happily began nursing the child.
According to ichthyosis support group, the overall rate of harlequin ichthyosis is 1 in 300,000 births. Constant care is required to moisturize and protect the skin. Lifespan limitations have not yet been determined with the new treatments.
Nusrit “Nelly” Shaheen, who was born in 1984, is the oldest known survivor with the condition. She is in relatively good health as of April 2016.
In June 2016, a female baby born with the condition – reported as the first case in the country – died in Nagpur after two days.