Another Malawi mum delivers baby with abnormal features

A Malawian woman in the eastern district of Balaka on Thursday delivered a baby wihout a skull where a light transparent membrane is exposing the brain and other parts inside.

Malawi mum delivers baby with abnormal features.

Balaka district health officer Dr. Owen Chikhwaza, explained that the abnormal features is  due to generic malformations called Cranioachiasis, that sometimes occur due to lack of vitamis and follick acids.

“There is no chance of survival, and the longest she can live it’s about a month,” said Chikhwaza.

Baby with abnormal features born in Balaka
Baby with abnormal features born in Balaka

In a space of five months, Malawians have had a fair share of stories of mothers giving birth to children with strange features.

The first case was that of a Nkhotakota mother, who delivered a child with no eyes, ears, nose and skull. Just recently, a woman in Salima gave birth to a child who had scales-like features and whose skin was torn—a condition doctors later identified as Harlequin Ichthyosis, a genetic disorder which with medical support and improved treatment, a child has a better chance of living into childhood and adolescence.

The Salima and Nkhotakota children have since died.

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