Mom exhausted after giving birth, but as soon as she looks down—’ is this my baby?’
Catherine and Richard Howarth, from England, were a happy newlywed couple when they learned that they were expecting a baby boy.
Richard was pale with reddish hair and Catherine was of Nigerian descent; all of her relatives were darker skinned compared to her, and everyone was looking forward to the adorable baby.
They could not have known they were actually blessed with a one in a million baby!
After a long labour in the maternity wing of the hospital in Milton Keynes, Catherine was already exhausted and “so drowsy on the narcotics.”
So when the mother looked down and saw her child for the first time, she could not believe what she was seeing.
“I looked and said: ‘Is this, my baby?’”
Richard, 34, the father of baby boy Jonah, was just as astonished as his wife.
Richard is white and Catherine is black – and the bundle of joy they had just received was white as well! And as it should turn out later—not only is Jonah white, he also has bright blue eyes!
“They placed Jonah on Catherine’s stomach and that was when I saw him first and then they gave him to Catherine,” the young father reflected on the precious moment of seeing his son for the first time.
It was hard to believe for everyone in the maternity ward at first and Catherine even had to ask the midwife: “You sure this is my baby? Is this my baby?”
The well-experienced midwife just laughed and said “Yes, yes! Of course, it’s yours!”
Of course, they were happy with having a healthy baby boy and Catherine said she just instantly fell in love with the little fellow.
“I looked and I said, ‘wow!’ ” she said. You know, as a first-time mother I said wow I can’t believe I created him. And I just fell in love with him instantly.”
It is common that babies from a mixed-race couple appear to be brighter at birth, but Catherine noted that Jonah’s ears are just as white as his face and hands. The ears are normally the indicator that gives the actual skin colour away.
The couple consulted with Dr Emily Grossman, who specializes in genetics, to solve the mystery of Jonah’s skin colour. The precious baby boy just resembles his mother’s features perfectly but has his father’s skin tone.
“The doctor’s said that it was a one in a million chance. There is one explanation that could explain why that would be,” Dr Grossman commented on the spectacular case.
“Contrary to eye colour, skin colour is controlled by up to 20 different genes rather than just one as with eye colour—each of which has a small effect on colour. You have almost infinite combinations of different colours from two different coloured parents,” she explained. “It is totally, totally by chance.”
The Howarths really had been blessed with a one in a million baby!
Catherine added,”We get so much attention just walking down the street. We always get stopped by people asking. First of all: he is such a cute baby. You should put him into baby modelling.”
The proud young mother sighed,”The first question they ask is: is he really yours? And they want to know the story straight away!”
But the proud parents are fine with the growing interest in their infant son as “he loves the attention. He is a very smiley baby. He loves different faces and is very sociable” Catherine said.