This Brazilian mother with three albino kids is making international headlines. It all started the day Rosamere Fernanda de Andrade first held her newborn girl. A wave of panic quickly rushed all over her and she immediately asked the nurse if there was some sort of mistake.
Rosamere and her former husband, Joao, are dark-skinned Brazilians, so it was only natural for them to presume that their children would have the same skin color. Yet three of their five offspring, Esthefany Caroline, Ruth Caroline, and Kauan, were born with albinism.
Brazilian Mother with Three Albino Kids Becomes a Rare Medical Phenomenon
Albinism is a condition that affects both humans and animals. In humans, it is a congenital disorder that is characterized by partial to complete absence of pigmentation in the skin, hair, and sometimes even the eyes. As a result of this, the individual is subjected to multiple health concerns such as sunburn, skin cancer, photophobia, and amblyopia.
Genetics professor at the Federal University of Pernambuco, Valdir Balbino, has said that Rosamere’s children are a very rare case because the parents and two other children are black. The majority of albino offspring are produced from parents who both carry the albinism gene.
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The condition of her three children has paved way for a lot of health, financial, and personal concerns for the family. The Brazilian mother with three albino kids is a single mom who lives in the slums of Olinda. Each day, she painstakingly comforts her children from the taunts of their schoolmates.
But they aren’t just embarrassed by their own peers. When out in public, strangers often mistake Rosamere as a nanny to her own kids. She recalls an incident in the mall where a security asked the children where their real mother was. The experience only taught Rosamere the importance of educating others on albinism.
Albinism around the world
The National Institutes of Health (NIH) lists albinism as a rare disease. It affects fewer than 17,000 to 20,000 individuals around the world. Special care is needed to keep the child safe from the harmful rays of the sun as their skin is susceptible to damage.
Rosamere is currently juggling different jobs to meet the children’s health demands. She is currently living with her new partner and is open to taking more tests to determine the true cause of this remarkable medical phenomenon.