When white baby Nmachi Ihegboro with blonde hair and blue eyes was born to a Black couple in Britain in 2010 with no known white ancestors, medical experts and her parents, who are originally from Nigeria, were astounded. “Wait, what the flip?”
“Is she mine?” jokingly inquired the child’s father, Ben Ihegboro.
Doctors at Queen Mary Hospital in Sidcup stated that Nmachi is not an albino, though subsequent reports stated that this was not ruled out.
Baby Nmachi’s parents had two Black children at the time, and they were fascinated as they “sat and stared” at their white newborn, according to an interview with The Sun.
“She is beautiful, a miracle baby,” Angela Ihegboro said of her daughter, while the father, who had jokingly inquired if the child was truly his, replied, “Of course she is mine.” My wife is loyal to me.
Even if she hadn’t been, the baby wouldn’t have been that way!”
In recent years, there have been reports of different-coloured twins being born to parents of mixed ancestry.
Ben and Angela, on the other hand, do not have such origins that medical experts could have used to explain their situation.
So three theories were proposed: Nnamchi is the result of a unique gene mutation, and if that is the case, she will pass the gene on to her children if she has any in the future, who will also most likely be white.
The second is that she is the result of long-dormant white genes that entered both of her parents’ families and remained dormant until now. The third condition is albinism.
Professor Ian Jackson of the Medical Research Council’s Human Genetics Unit explained that both parents could be carrying a copy of the albino gene, which has not been found in any known family member for years.
“This is perhaps one of the most common recessive disorders in Nigeria, and we must remember that it manifests itself in a variety of ways,” Jackson told BBC.
“In Type 2, we would see creamy skin and yellow or light brown hair, which would darken with age in some cases.”
Experts believed that Nnamchi’s skin would darken over time. “In any case, she doesn’t look like an albino child.” Not like the ones I’ve seen in books or Nigeria. “She just looks like a healthy white baby,” Ben later explained to The Sun.
“My mother is a black Nigerian with lighter skin than mine.” “However, we do not know about any white ancestors.” We wondered if it was due to a genetic mutation. Even so, what’s up with the long curly blonde hair?
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