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

With China's disregard for extremely toxic pollution and handling of toxic waste, this is probably just the very beginning of a new trend in birth defects.
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@ Edward & Max

Sighhh, just because this blog is title "Neatorama" does not mean everything posted on the site is supposed to be "neat". Neatorama's posts feature a variety of topics that are simply ment to be intriguing... So quit your bitching, please. :/
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According to the Urban Dictionary, "neatorama" means "Something that is more than just plain neato. Similar to neato++".

And "neato" in turn is defined as "awesome."

"Awesome" is "cool, hip, exciting," "formidable, amazing, wonderful," and (top ranked definition...) "Something Americans use to describe everything."
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While not "neat," "cleft lip and/or palate make up the most common birth defect in the United States. One out of every 594 newborns, or over 6,800 childern per year in the U.S., is affected by cleft lip and/or palate" ( It's certainly not a bad thing that people become more aware/familiar with facial clefts...
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This site has a lot more class than some I can think of, heck, more than most of them, so don't dwell on the stupid. Neatorama rocks, and it's family friendly too.
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I was positive there'd be at least one comment on the boy's sex, and if this had been a girl... but nope, just the 'Not Neat' debate again. Again, this site is about interesting things, stuff you won't usually see on the news. Okay?
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I don't know if it's neat. I'm not saying it shouldn't have been posted, but when I think of the purpose of this site (entertainment) I can't help but feel like I'm looking at a sideshow.

Just my two cents.
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This is a case of Tessier clefting. It's not super common but not impossibly rare, either. Maybe that doctor never heard of it during their medical training?
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I vote neat. It is interesting to learn of abnormalities in people there is nothing wrong with looking at our differences. We can educate ourselves and have more of an open mind and understanding. I don't think pointing out that people are different = sideshow. Now the smoking toddler is another story.
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6% of the world's births are aflicted with sevre birth defects, and 50% of the known defects have no information available to why they happen. I honestly wouldn't know what to do if I was in a situation as a parent, looking at how difficult a life my child would have.
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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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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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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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