Baby sees mother clearly for first time

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Published: July 7, 2017

A video has emerged from the US of a baby's reaction to seeing his mother for the first time. The footage, captured in Warren County, IA, shows three-month-old Everett - who has a rare disorder called Oculocutaneous Albinism which affects his vision - giggling as he sees his mother with the help of a new pair of glasses.

''When our son Everett was two months old, we noticed he was not tracking objects or making direct eye contact, the filmer later wrote online. ''We visited with a pediatric ophthalmologist who suggested Everett has Occulocutaneous Albinism which means he lacks pigment in his eyes, skin and hair.''

''It is a rare disorder which seems to be misunderstood or not widely known about, but people with albinism can do anything everyone else can do. They just need some help with vision and protection from the sun.'' ''Our son is doing extremely well with his glasses so far,'' she added.

Oculocutaneous albinism (OCA) is a form of albinism involving the eyes (oculo-), the skin (-cutaneous), and according to some definitions, the hair. Overall, an estimated 1 in 20,000 people worldwide are born with oculocutaneous albinism. OCA is caused by mutations in several genes that control the synthesis of melanin within the melanocytes. Four types of oculocutaneous albinism have been described, all caused by a disruption of melanin synthesis and all autosomal recessive disorders.

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