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A baby boy with one eye in the center of his forehead and no nose was born in India last week. He survived only one day. Doctors were shocked when they delivered the infant by cesarean section from the 34-year-old mother, Veena Chavan. Dr. Ashok Anand, professor of gynecology at the hospital, told reporters, "The child must have possibly suffered from cyclopia."
A sonogram during Chavan's 32nd week of pregnancy revealed the baby was hydrocephalic, meaning water was accumulating on his brain. According to the doctor's report, medical staff wanted to perform an intrauterine shunting procedure but could not because of the advanced stage of her term.
Surprisingly, this form of cyclopia occurs in roughly one in 250 embryos and is a rare form of holoprosencephaly, which affects how the front of the brain is formed during fetal development. With cyclopia, the eyes and nose don't form properly. Such fetuses are often lost early in the pregnancy. Thus, despite the higher-than-expected odds, it's rarely seen. The cause is often the result of a genetic mutation, though alcoholic and diabetic mothers are at greater risk of carrying a cyclopic child.
Originally posted by greenfox83
India is one of the most accepting cultures for deformities, they believe they are Gods reincarnated. If I was to have a deformity I would want to be born in India, where I can be worshiped as a goddess and not looked at in disgust like a freak of nature in the US.
Originally posted by impaired
Here's the interesting thing about all of the Indian deformities:
First of all, does this happen like that anywhere else in the world and with that frequency?
I ask because (going fringe here for a minute) I've seem some posts here on ATS talking about something called the Mahatabara or something like that - it's ancient stories or something. It infers some kind of nuclear war that happened thousands of years ago. I have to look into that.
Gurkha, flying a swift and powerful vimana hurled a single projectile Charged with all the power of the Universe. An incandescent column of smoke and flame As bright as the thousand suns Rose in all its splendour... a perpendicular explosion with its billowing smoke clouds... ...the cloud of smoke rising after its first explosion formed into expanding round circles like the opening of giant parasols... ..it was an unknown weapon, An iron thunderbolt, A gigantic messenger of death, Which reduced to ashes The entire race of the Vrishnis and the Andhakas. ...The corpses were so burned As to be unrecognizable. The hair and nails fell out; Pottery broke without apparent cause, And the birds turned white. After a few hours All foodstuffs were infected... ...to escape from this fire The soldiers threw themselves in streams To wash themselves and their equipment