32 year old Nigerian, Catherine Howarth was surprised when she was presented with a white baby after she put to bed at a Milton Keynes Hospital on June 1st. Notwithstanding the fact that baby Jonah has a white father, Medical experts say the chances of him being completely white were very slim.
“The midwife looked at me and looked back down at Jonah and then at me again and couldn’t believe it. The doctors confirmed it was extremely rare.” Catherine explained.
Richard Howarth, her 34 year-old husband was also very astounded at the turn of events.
“When I first set my eyes on the baby boy- Jonah, it was a feeling of pure delight and relief that he was healthy and strong. His complexion was very pale due to the umbilical cord being wrapped around his neck when he was being delivered.
“After a few hours, his colour came to his cheeks. Catherine and I noticed his complexion was very similar to mine and were surprised it was that light. The midwives and doctors told us he’ll most likely remain this colour. “He said.
Meanwhile Doctors have said Jonah has no trace of albinism.
“We have been told that I must have been carrying a recessive gene. My parents were from Nigeria and, for as far back as anyone can remember; my family have all been black. But at some point there must have been a white gene in my family that has remained dormant for years and years – until now.
The doctors said they had researched the chances of this happening and discovered that it was very, very rare. They had only found two similar cases, both in America that had been reported in recent times.” Catherine said.
Catherine and Richard say they plan to have more children but have been told the chances of them also being born white are highly unlikely.