Eli Is 1 in 197 Million & He Just Met His Match. This Baby Love Story is Amazing!

Eli Is 1 in 197 Million & He Just Met His Match. This Baby Love Story is Amazing!

When parents-to-be are asked if they prefer a boy or girl, many replay that they simply want the baby to be healthy. One family was dealt a blow when their baby boy was born with a rare defect, but thanks to modern science, this story is likely to have a happy ending.


When Brandi McGlathery gave birth to her son, the doctors told her she had a 1 in 197 million chance of having a baby with his condition.

She should’ve bought a lottery ticket with that kind of luck, but she’s glad she got Eli instead.

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Eli has congenital arhinia, an incredibly rare condition that has only been reported in 46 other people in history, according to the National Institutes of Health.

Doctors didn’t even know what to do when they saw the newborn without a nose or any exposed breathing canal, so they immediately rushed him to a hospital an hour from where he was delivered in Foley, Alabama.

Some may argue it was a bad thing, but when you look in those beautiful baby blues, you can’t help but fall for this lil Romeo just the way his proud mama did.

However, she was terrified when he was pried from her arms as soon as the doctors saw the severity of his condition. Brandi didn’t know if Eli would live or die as he was whisked away.

“That entire night, I was confused,” she confessed on her GoFundMe page. “ I called every 15 minutes to ask if my child was still alive.”

Doctors soon realized the main problem associated with Eli’s condition: he wouldn’t be able to breathe and eat at the same time. Thus, they soon performed a tracheostomy on the little one in order to make a hole in his windpipe to facilitate breathing.

Unfortunately, there were many more surgeries to go.

He was in the neo-natal intensive-care unit for several weeks and had to make many return visits due to complications.

His mother said the doctors relayed that as Eli continues to grow, he’ll have to undergo surgery every year or two until he hits puberty.

But—that’s when something extraordinary happened.

Eli met a little girl just like him, and it changed the game.

It turns out that a 2-year-old named Tessa was born in Ireland with the same condition. What are the chances that 2 of 47 cases EVER reported could coexist?

Only God can attest to those kind of odds.

That’s when we lay to rest the word “probability” for a more accurate one: miracle.

Tessa was the first baby ever to undergo the surgery that would give her a new nose, where there once was none.

The progressive surgery is designed to stretch her skin over time to eventually fit a prosthesis where her nose should have grown. It will need to be replaced several times over the years as her face grows, but the ultimate outcome is incredibly optimistic.

Upon the discovery of Tessa’s brand new procedure, Eli was approved for the exact same one in September of 2015.

“After a lengthy conversation, many tears, thanks, & hallelujahs, we FINALLY have a game plan set in place for Eli,” McGlathery said. “In January, just 2 months shy of Eli’s first birthday (yes, our baby is already almost 7 months old!), we will travel to London for our first assessment.”

Then came miracle #2.

The two rarest humans on the planet were able to meet face-to-face, per an equally improbable sequence of events.

Just a few weeks ago, Eli’s grandparents had planned a trip out to Atlanta to visit some of their relatives. Not long after, Tessa’s dad won a trip to the same city.

Seriously? We’re not even bringing in the mathematicians for those odds.

“To get to introduce Tessa to Eli was like a dream come true and it meant the world to us to sit and talk with his family,” said Tessa’s mother Gráinne Evans.”Tessa was totally taken with Eli and hugged him and stroked his head. Watching Eli gaze up at her was too precious for words.”

The two bonded in a way that transcends words. Even as little tykes, there was something in their eyes that said they knew they were at home with one another. What a precious moment when two of the most unique babies ever born bond over the deep-seated understanding that they are so drastically different in the exact same way.

Together, they were 2 in 394 million—and deep down, they knew it. ‘Twas baby love at first sight.

For the McGlathery family, it was equally therapeutic.

This story is amazing and despite the difficulties facing each child, they seem to be genuinely happy babies.



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