Baby Born With Two Tubes on His Face Instead of a Nose, Most Babies Like Him are Aborted

National   |   Sarah Zagorski   |   Oct 1, 2015   |   6:26PM   |   Washington, DC

Baby Angelito was born in Peru with two tubes growing out of his face where his nose was supposed to be, which made it difficult for him to breath. However, doctors were able to remove the tubes and now they say he will look completely normal.

The Daily Mail reports that his mother Lorena Rodriguez Zavaleta named him Angelito because it means little angel or cherub.

Angelito was born with a rare genetic disorder called Trisomy 13, or Patau syndrome, which is a chromosomal abnormality caused by an extra copy of chromosome 13 in every cell. The condition occurs in only one in 16,000 live births and causes multiple congenital abnormalities. Tragically, 90% of babies with the condition die within the first five days of their lives and some are targeted for abortion before they are even born.

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After Angelito was born, he went to the Hospital del Nino in Lima for surgery. Now doctors plan to treat his growths and give him a normal nose. Angelito’s pediatrician, Jose Castillo, said the baby is in stable condition but they are monitoring his heart and respiratory system closely. Another doctor added that Angelito won’t have difficulty breathing from now on but will need plastic surgery.

Watch the short clip below to see Angelito before he had his surgery.