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But they were stunned to discover the reason his eyelids would not open was because he did not have eyes – an extremely rare condition called Anophthalmia.
Richie’s mother Kelly Lopez, who had a normal pregnancy, became worried after Richie failed to open his eyes after he was born. A MRI scan 13 days later showed that he had been born without eyes.
But she and her husband, who are from Mesa, Arizona, are optimistic that science will progress enough to help Richie, who does have an optic nerve, see in his lifetime.
However, at present the baby only has one expander in place. Both expanders fell out after Richie rubbed his eyes and Mrs Lopez was only able to replace one.
She described her husband’s encouragement as he held their son while she struggled to insert the expander, adding: ‘I got it in and then I just cried’.
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