A woman in Guangzhou, China, was devastated to find her son was born with an eye condition which means he has little or no eye tissue.
The story has been reported by mainstream Chinese media and the boy has been dubbed ‘the baby with no eyes’.
Liu Peihua’s family say Liu attended every antenatal check and was not informed with any unusual results.
Anophtalmia cannot be spotted in ultrasounds and conventional tests during pregnancy.
The child’s family are now receiving help from a larger hospital in Guangzhou to get a better examination of the child and to check if there are any other health issues, reports CRI.
They also hope to get help from a number of charities to help plan for their son’s future.
They say their son is like any other baby, crying loudly for milk and swinging his hands.
The boy’s mother says she was devastated when she learned about her son’s condition, but she is determined to bring him up despite the obstacles the family might face in the years to come.
There is no current treatment for Anophthalmia although some children have artificial eyes fitted to help the bones around the eyes grow naturally.