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Little Eli is a miracle baby who was born without a nose and is winning hearts around the world

Published 01/04/2015 | 20:54

Little Eli at the NICU at USA Childrens and Womens Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann)
Little Eli at the NICU at USA Childrens and Womens Hospital in Mobile, Alabama. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann)
Norma Mayzes holds her grandson Eli Thompson at the NICU at USA Childrens and Womens Hospital in Mobile. (AP Photo/AL.com, Sharon Steinmann)

Little Eli Thompson is a miracle baby who was born last month without a nose.

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Eli was born at South Baldwin Hospital in Alabama on March 4.

Besides not having an external nose, he doesn't have a nasal cavity or olfactory system. 

Eli has an extremely rare condition known as complete congenital arhinia, his mother Brandi McGlathery said.

"I pulled back and said, 'Something's wrong!' And the doctor said, 'No, he's perfectly fine.' Then I shouted, 'He doesn't have a nose!'," she told AL.com.

But she added: "We think he's perfect the way he is... until the day he wants to have a nose, we don't want to touch him. We have to take it day by day."

"We're going to do our best to make sure he's happy," she told AL.com. "The rest of him is so cute, sometimes you don't realize he doesn't have a nose."

She said there are only about 37 cases worldwide like Eli’s.

The chance of being born with congenital arhinia is one in 197 million, she said.

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