About two weeks after giving birth to a baby boy in Arizona, the mother of the baby just discovered that her son had no eyes. UPI reports:
Kelly Lopez gave birth to Richie Lopez three months ago after a normal pregnancy and ultrasound, and initially she thought the infant’s face was swollen. An MRI test 13 days later indicated that Richie Lopez had been born without any eyes.
“I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting,” she told 3TV. “The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was it not even caught?”
Expanders were sutured into Richie Lopez’s eye sockets to keep them spaced and ready for future prosthetic replacements, but he rubbed them out. His mother was able to re-insert one, an experience she described as “emotional” but necessary. The family dog is believed to have eaten the other.
Doctors said the child still had his optical nerve. “I do hope that one day they’ll be able to either grow an eye or transplant an eye,” Kelly Lopez said.