Meet Eli, the ‘Miracle Baby’ born without a nose

Eli Thompson came into this world in the late afternoon of March 4, perfectly healthy, but with one distinction -- he didn't have a nose. "The day I delivered, everything went fine," mom Brandi McGlathery told ABC News this week. "At 4:42 when he was born, he came out and the doctor put him on my chest. When I took a closer look at him, I said, 'He doesn't have a nose,' and they took him out of the room." McGlathery said that her doctor sat beside her bed to explain to her what was wrong with Eli. "He had the most apologetic look on his face," she said. "I knew right away that something was wrong." Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.24.46 PM "I recounted everything I did throughout my pregnancy to figure out if i did something wrong," McGlathery said. "I realized it was nothing anyone did. I mean, he's perfect. I'm not going to say I was sad. I was just scared for him because I didn't think he'd make it." Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.18.54 PM Because Eli was born without a nose, he must use a tracheostomy, a tube that will assist his breathing. McGlathery said she and her family have all been trained in controlling her child's equipment, and all received CPR training. "After I realized nothing wrong was him health-wise, I was scared what other people would say," McGlathery said. "I don't ever want my son to come home and say 'mommy, somebody made fun of my nose.' But I also don't want others to pity him." Screen Shot 2015-04-02 at 2.24.33 PM "He's an extremely happy baby and does cute stuff all the time," she said. "There's a reason aside from his health issue and not having a nose as to why we call him our miracle baby. He just tugs on people's heart strings. It's his demeanor." "I don't think my son will ever have an idea of how much he's impacted people," McGlathery added. "He's definitely started something and has got a big purpose in life. He's going to have one hell of a testimony to tell people one day." H/T:

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