My Albino Children: Black Brazilian Family Have Three White-Skinned Children

BarcroftTVPublished: March 30, 201781,816 views
Published: March 30, 2017

When Rosamere Fernanda de Andrade first held her newborn baby she assumed there had been a mix up.  Rosamere and ex-husband, Joao, are both black - but their daughter, Ruth, had white skin, blonde hair and blue eyes. But it was no mistake - Ruth, suffers from a rare generic condition called albinism and has no skin pigment. Since then Rosamere, 31, has had two more albino children as well as three black kids. So stark is the difference between Rosamere and three of her children, she is often mistaken for their nanny.

Albinism is a condition characterized by the absence of pigment in the skin, hair and eyes - which leaves sufferers exposed to a range of afflictions. The youngsters are so sensitive to sunlight that they need factor 100 sun block every two hours - and only allowed to play outdoors at night. 

The family's neighbors have started to avoid them, saying they were cursed. Ruth, Estefani and Kauan have all been bullied at school for their light skin, the white hair and they way they squint at the blackboard, because albinism affects their eyesight as well. The lack of pigment in the irises (the colored part of the eye) sometimes may make them look transparent, because the irises can't block light from entering the eye completely.

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      NicholasSweeten · 27 weeks ago

      Oh no... call the press. Someone had a white kid. They must be so offended and disgusted. Racist bigotry, much, these people? She should know if she popped the kid out of her own snatch or not. Albinism is not a new thing. And if its genetic then how did she not know about this sooner? Parents not warn her? Did her white mother leave the darky baby in the dumpster out of disgust, too? I dont get it and I really dont get posts like these. What motivates this kind of reporting?

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        Naomi · 27 weeks ago

        Grow up. She can't see what's going on down there during labor and most places wrap the kid up pretty quick. Some don't even hand the baby straight to the mother, especially if there's evidence that there's something medically wrong. Plus, the article specifies that it's a *rare* condition. Specifically, it involves recessive genes, which means both parents have to be carriers. It easily could skip a few generations, so most of her family may not have even known about it. So a black woman being confused at being handed a white baby is totally understandable. It's a human interest piece. Nothing more, nothing less. You want to find racism, go look in a mirror.

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        pattisc · 25 weeks ago

        Apparently there is something seriously wrong with you. No one is racist here except you. Judgmental too. I feel sorry for you. What a sad life you must live.