Three months ago, when Arizona-based Kelly Lopez gave birth to a baby boy in Mesa, she never knew that her newborn was not able to open his eyes due to a rare birth defect.
When Richie Lopez was 13 days of age, the doctors conducted an MRI, and what they came to know was really shocking for them as well as the child’s family.
The baby had no eyeballs beneath those closed lids, the MRI report showed.
According to the doctors, the baby has an optic nerve and therefore there is a possibility that he will regain sight someday.
But for now, the doctors have sutured expanders into his eye sockets. This will allow them to grow and hopefully hold prosthetic eyes.
The baby has since lost one of the expanders.
The rare birth defect in the eye is called Anophthalmia, said the health experts.
“I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting. The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was it not even caught?,” Lopez said.
According to Lopez, she had a very normal pregnancy.
“I do hope that one day that they’ll be able to either grow an eye or transplant an eye,” the mother said.
Meanwhile, the family said that they have enrolled Richie in programs dealing with blind babies. Moreover, they have also outfitted him with sunglasses especially meant for such babies.
The health experts at the US Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) said that this is a condition when the eye tissue is totally absent or is apparently absent of the globe.
Another baby with similar eye condition was born in Denver, Colorado last year.