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Originally posted by CindyfromFlorida
One of the really wierd things (besides the one eye) is that the eye is open. Usually kittens don't open their eyes until they are at least 9 days old and it says that this kitten is "still born" which of course means it was born dead. I don't know, it looks really strange to me.
Originally posted by frayed1
Something like that might have occured back in the day, and could have given rise to the mythology of the cyclops......even if an infant with that defect were stillborn, those who witnessed the birth would have probably accused the poor mother of consorting with some kind of monster.
Originally posted by rotgeist
OK, actuall this is a known medical thing. I work in Pathology and any pathologist or PA can tell you that this is a known sequence of abnormality. This is uniformly in stillborn fetuses because the deformity is not compatible with life outside the womb. Usually it is fatal before 6 mos gestation. It is usually accompanied by fused nasal passages above the eye rather than below it, and its called a proboscis. This is well known in fetal pathology and is called Cyclopia. As mentioned it is associated with failure of the division of the 2 hemispheres called Holprosencephaly.