The Masked Baby of China


Photo: Changsha Information Network

Kang Kang is your otherwise normal toddler - healthy, inquisitive, and smart - except for one striking feature: he was born with a rare case of facial cleft that made him look like he's wearing a mask:

"My family didn't allow me to see my son at the beginning, and I pleaded with my husband to let me have a look. Before they passed me the baby, they told me 'don't be sad, don't be sad', but when I saw my son, I collapsed," said a crying Yi. [...]

Professor Wang Duquan of 163 Hospital said there are many possible reasons, like disease infection during embryo development, taking medications during pregnancy, and so on.

Professor Wang said it's the first such case he ever met. "It's different from a cleft lip or cleft palate; it's a facial cleft. Not only his face muscles are cleft, but the inside bones are cleft."

Link - via Arbroath


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I have no idea what you mean by this. How does one feel in control of a "normal" child? How is that changed by the child having an abnormality of some kind?

Those aren't rhetorical questions; I sincerely don't understand what you mean.
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@MadMolecule

That's not a choice, that's a priority. But if you or I should ever be in this situation, it's not just a slap on the butt easy answer. You can say all you want, I really doubt you'd be able to feel like you're in control of a situation like that.
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Gauldar, you "wouldn't know what to do"? What do you mean, like you might send it back?

Here is what you do: You love your child fully and unconditionally, and thereby teach them to love themself. It's not complicated.
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