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Mexican-American Parents Are Shocked After Giving Birth To A Blond Baby Girl With Light Skin
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Mexican-American Parents Are Shocked After Giving Birth To A Blond Baby Girl With Light Skin

Someone once said that every person is a miracle. And while it’s true that we all come in different shapes and sizes, it’s a common belief that genetics isn’t Russian roulette. Therefore, most parents expect their babies to look like them but well, some of those miracles are more surprising than others and leave their parents in shock only seconds after screaming their hello to this new world. This was exactly the case of the Mexican-American couple, Edith and Raul Garcia. And while their baby girl is not the first albino beauty we’ve marveled at here at Bored Panda, her story is truly special!

More info: Tatiana Bella Garcia

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Edith Garcia and her husband Raul were surprised but delighted when they found out they were expecting another baby back in 2013. They already had one gorgeous baby girl Mariah and were excited to welcome another little one into the world.

Being of Mexican descent, she was in shock after seeing her baby’s ivory skin

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But after she gave birth in June 2014, the room went silent (except the baby’s screams, of course) after seeing the newborn had porcelain skin and completely blonde hair! “I didn’t know what to think,” said Edith.

Neither Edith nor her husband Raul knew they had an albinism gene in their family

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And only found out they both had albino relatives after Tatiana was born

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Neither she nor her husband Raul knew they were carrying the albinism gene. Albinism gene being recessive means that people can carry it without being affected themselves and therefore, could even never find out.

Both the adorable girl and her family are learning about her condition as they go

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And are trying to raise their daughter as normal as possible

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The condition is caused by a gene that causes lack of pigmentation in one’s eyes, hair and skin. “After [Tatiana] was born, my mother asked my grandfather if he knew of any relatives and he confirmed that there were, but they were at least five generations back,” said Edith.

But they still have to make little adjustments due to her eyes and skin being extra sensitive to light

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They took up a mission to learn as much as possible about albinism for Tatiana’s sake

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Turns out, Raul’s family history was kind of similar, as he had distant cousins with the condition. Edith says they weren’t sure of their daughter’s condition at first, which made them question it and do a lot of research.

But to educate other people as well

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Edith describes her daughter as “a force to be reckoned with and she will not let her vision impairment get in the way”

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She found great comfort in people online who were albinos themselves or had a family with the condition. She also admits finding some heart-breaking things being said towards people with albinism. That was her breaking point in making the decision to go public about her little girl’s condition.

And admires both her character and the uncanny beauty

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The people on the Internet turned out to be as affectionate as her parents

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Ren Duvall
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I'm so glad that this beautiful little girl is getting all the love in the world! I have albinism and when I was growing up, my mother would often verbally abuse me because of how "ugly" I was. I don't know if mom was a special case or if that was the typical case with parents of albino children back then but it was awful nonetheless. Tatiana's parents are wonderful.

Viviane Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

Ren Duvall, I suspect it's your mother, not the generation, that's at fault. My sister (albinism and 10% vision) is in her 50s. My mother pushed her to get a degree (the other kids were only expected to graduate from highschool). My sister's terrific and I'm in awe of her energy and initiative.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Why use "blonde" in the headline, like it's some suspicious event, when it's clear this beautiful little girl has albinism? It is so important to protect her eyes and her skin, as she is at a greatly increased risk for cataracts and cancer. Both those girls are just lovely.

Shireen
Community Member
2 years ago

I was going to comment because it would've been obvious to the creator of the article but clearly not. Why not just say something like 'Beautiful Albino baby born to overjoyed Mexican family'?

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Natasha Ranken
Community Member
2 years ago

She's beautiful. Just gotta keep her covered in sunblock at all times. She probably has a shorter burn time than I do (ten minutes while cowering under a tree; we clocked it), so that can happen far faster than you think.

Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes! I have albanism. She needs to be as covered as possible. She needs a rash guard and board shorts or swim leggings for swimming instead of revealing swimsuits. She needs to always wear a hat and sunglasses. My parents didn't know that when I was little in the 70s and 80s and now I have cancer on my face. Because of the lack of pigmentation in her eyes, more sun can penetrate her eyes, which can cause sensory issues and even make her feel sick. She will probably have terrible dusk vision due to not being able to deal well with backscatter and will have difficulty in places with a lot of light pollution at night, but she will see better than the average person in mostly dark situations, like a moonlit night in the country.

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Ren Duvall
Community Member
2 years ago (edited)

I'm so glad that this beautiful little girl is getting all the love in the world! I have albinism and when I was growing up, my mother would often verbally abuse me because of how "ugly" I was. I don't know if mom was a special case or if that was the typical case with parents of albino children back then but it was awful nonetheless. Tatiana's parents are wonderful.

Viviane Katz
Community Member
2 years ago

Ren Duvall, I suspect it's your mother, not the generation, that's at fault. My sister (albinism and 10% vision) is in her 50s. My mother pushed her to get a degree (the other kids were only expected to graduate from highschool). My sister's terrific and I'm in awe of her energy and initiative.

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Jo Choto
Community Member
2 years ago

Why use "blonde" in the headline, like it's some suspicious event, when it's clear this beautiful little girl has albinism? It is so important to protect her eyes and her skin, as she is at a greatly increased risk for cataracts and cancer. Both those girls are just lovely.

Shireen
Community Member
2 years ago

I was going to comment because it would've been obvious to the creator of the article but clearly not. Why not just say something like 'Beautiful Albino baby born to overjoyed Mexican family'?

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Natasha Ranken
Community Member
2 years ago

She's beautiful. Just gotta keep her covered in sunblock at all times. She probably has a shorter burn time than I do (ten minutes while cowering under a tree; we clocked it), so that can happen far faster than you think.

Cassie
Community Member
2 years ago

Yes! I have albanism. She needs to be as covered as possible. She needs a rash guard and board shorts or swim leggings for swimming instead of revealing swimsuits. She needs to always wear a hat and sunglasses. My parents didn't know that when I was little in the 70s and 80s and now I have cancer on my face. Because of the lack of pigmentation in her eyes, more sun can penetrate her eyes, which can cause sensory issues and even make her feel sick. She will probably have terrible dusk vision due to not being able to deal well with backscatter and will have difficulty in places with a lot of light pollution at night, but she will see better than the average person in mostly dark situations, like a moonlit night in the country.

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