A baby boy born without eyes is in search of a loving home after being abandoned by his young mother.
Little Alexander K, known as Sasha, was special. He is healthy but a rare disease makes him unable to see. His mother, who was raised in an orphanage, felt it to much of a burden to raise him. She decided before his birth to give him up.
The Russian boy has two benign cysts on his forehead, which will be removed soon. He is believed to be suffering from an extreme form of rare SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome, which afflicts one in 250,000. Doctors said Sasha is one of only three babies registered in the world with no eyeballs and there is currently “no chance” that he will ever see.
Sasha is now 6 months old and is being cared for by a nurse. Despite his misery, the little boy keeps playing and smiling just like any healthy baby.
“He loves playing and adores swimming. He is a very cheerful baby indeed,” the nurse said. “He smiles back as soon as he hears familiar voices.”
There is no information about Alexander’s father and there is a ‘dash’ in his birth certificate where it should have been the name of the father. Alexander is up for adoption or foster care.
The child is initially up for adoption with Russian parents but if no one suitable comes forward, he could go to foreign parents.
Currently, there are restrictions to adoptions to the United States.
The boy’s carer nurse recently took him 2,500 miles to St. Petersburg where surgeons implanted tiny eye orbs to ensure that his face is not deformed as he grows.
He will need such operations every six months or so, each time with larger orbs, according to Mirror.