Tessa Evans is an ordinary girl, except for one very rare feature – she was born without a nose.
This feature is called aplasia – a congenital absence of an organ or part of the body. The anomaly is so rare that only 47 cases have ever been reported in the UK.
The baby is now 8 years old. But even with an ultrasound, the parents were warned about an abnormally flat face profile.
They did not terminate the pregnancy. But they also did not immediately get used to the idea that their child would not have a nose.
Tessa can cough, even catch a cold, despite the absence of sinuses. Although this is a small part of the difficulties that parents and the girl herself have to face.
She was diagnosed with heart problems, at the 11th week of life she also underwent a not very successful operation to remove a cataract – subsequently the girl couldn’t see with one eye.
In addition, a tracheostomy had to be done so that the child could breathe normally while eating.
The child is scheduled to undergo a nose operation. It is assumed that the nose will grow with the growth of the baby herself.
Despite the whole list of difficulties that the girl has already had to face, she remains cheerful and smiling.