Black Couple Gives Birth to White Baby: Ihegboro's Miracle Baby
A Black Couple in the United Kingdom Have Stunned Doctors By Giving Birth to a Blond Haired - Blue Eyed Baby Girl
Doctors say little Nmachi Ihegboro is not an albino, but with two black parents and two older black siblings (photo), she will definitely be the anomaly in her family.
The couple, who are both of Igbo Nigerian origin say they do not know of any white ancestry in their family, but doctors at Queen Mary's hospital in Sidcup say that Nmachi is just a 'typical' blond haired - blue eyed white child.
Father Ben Ihegboro joked to the Daily Mail that he he was not even sure the baby was his when she first came out. The couple said they just sat and stared at her when she first arrived.
We both just sat there after the birth staring at her,' said Mr Ihegboro.
Mum Angela said: 'She is beautiful, a miracle baby.'
Ben said he is not concerned the baby is not his, despite his earlier joking and they are happy their new daughter is healthy.
How is it Possible For a Black Couple to Give Birth to a White Baby?
This is not the first instance that a couple of one race has given birth to a baby of another race, but it is certainly not common.
According to this BBC article, there are three possible explanations for the birth of Nmachi - albinism, a genetic mutation or some dominant white genes that entered her parents' backgrounds some generations ago.
Doctors have already said that they do not believe Nmachi is an albino, but it is possible that both of her parents carried light skin genes and they mutated in the correct way to produce a light skinned baby. However, her parents say they do not have any white ancestry in their backgrounds.
It is most likely to be a genetic mutation, which could cause more genetic mutations down the line.
More research will have to be done to find out if Nmachi has even a form of albinism that could be described as a genetic mutation, but for now she is healthy and happy and that is all her parents are concerned about.