Birth defects? Something all parents-to-be worry about! Some of these you might’ve heard of, but others? They’re super rare. Heads up: some pics might be a bit tough to look at.
Imagine being born with tons of hair all over your face and body. That’s what Ambras Syndrome does. It’s extremely uncommon, though. Right now, only about 40 people worldwide have it.
Ever heard of two body parts stuck together? Sometimes it’s toes or fingers. But there was this girl in Peru born with her legs stuck together, kinda like a mermaid’s tail. It happens to 1 in 70,000 babies.
Ever heard of the Cyclops from tales and myths? Cyclopia makes a baby born with just one eye, right in the middle of their forehead. Some think certain medicines might cause it when moms-to-be take them.
Imagine being born with an extra head from a twin you never had! This is what Craniopagus parasiticus does. It’s super rare; only ten kids in history had this, and just three lived after birth. In a wild case, the extra head could smile, cry, and even blink.
Foetus in Foetu
Have you ever heard of a kid born with their twin inside them? Kinda like they swallowed them, right? That’s what Foetus in Foetu is. Both start from the same egg, but one twin gets sucked into the other and lives off it. Doctors can usually help by taking out the smaller twin safely.
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva
Some kids with Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva grow bone wherever they get hurt. Instead of just a scar or healing like usual, they end up with bone growing there! This can make it hard to move. The tricky part? Doctors can’t just remove the bone, ’cause more would grow back!
Progeria happens in just one out of eight million babies. It makes kids look way older than they are, with wrinkles, baldness, and old-looking faces. Because of it, many don’t live past their teen years.
Imagine being born with a tiny tail! Vestigial Tail happens when a baby has a small tail with real muscles and stuff. Some think it’s ’cause of wonky genes that don’t tell unneeded body parts to go away.
Anencephaly means a baby’s born without a brain or backbone. These little ones sadly don’t live long. Even if they do, they can’t see, hear, or think like other babies. Even though they might breathe or react to touch, they’re not really conscious.