Black Couple Gives Birth To Blonde Haired, Blue Eyed Baby

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In an interesting display of genetics at work, a black couple from South London gave birth to a baby girl that looks nearly nothing like them. The blonde haired, blue eyed, light skin baby is an anomaly that is baffling genetics experts.

Ihegboro Family

Parents Ben and Angela Ihegboro were shocked to see their new baby look so different from them and their previous children. The couple has no mixed race nor pale skinned family that could explain the baby. Though the couple knows the baby is theirs, they are still confused by the occurrence.

“Actually, the first thing I did was look at her and say, ‘What the flip?'”

The couple named the baby girl Nmachi, whose name means “Beauty of God” in the couple’s Nigerian homeland.

Nmachi Ihegboro

Doctors are certain that the baby girl is not an albino. Professor Bryan Sykes, head of Human Genetics at Oxford University, says her birth is extraordinary on a genetic level. With no white ancestry to cause the occurrence, chances are that an unknown genetic mutation took place.

“In mixed race humans, the lighter variant of skin tone may come out in a child – and this can sometimes be startlingly different to the skin of the parents.

“This might be the case where there is a lot of genetic mixing, as in Afro-Caribbean populations. But in Nigeria there is little mixing.”

The couple and their older children are getting used to the odd appearance of their new daughter. Though they are curious as to how the girl’s skin, eye, and hair color happened, they are not letting the physical characteristics get in the way.

Of course, we are baffled too and want to know what’s happened. But we understand life is very strange.

“All that matters is that she’s healthy and that we love her. She’s a proud British Nigerian.”

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  1. saints says:

    They have beautiful children, no matter the differences in skin color.

  2. Mandy says:

    Life is such a miracle. She is beautiful no matter what. An angel sent by God

  3. Mepragoo says:

    I don’t get it. What do the doctors mean by this?:- “With no white ancestry to cause the occurrence, chances are that an unknown genetic mutation took place.”
    “No white ancestry?” Aren’t we all just one race, coming from one couple?
    The way I understand it, there is no black or white- just varying shades of brown (melanin).

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