A woman shocked doctors when she gave birth to a ‘cyclops’ baby with one eye – but sadly lost her seven hours later. Atana Ariyanto and his wife Suriyanti from Java island in Indonesia, welcomed their fifth child, a girl, at the Rumah Sakit Umum Daerah Hospital of Mandailing Natal district in North Sumatra on Thursday afternoon through a natural birth.
But the baby, who weighed 5lbs, was born with only one eye in the middle of her forehead and a missing nose, although her other organs were complete.
Suriyanti hadn’t undergone an ultrasound and was so shocked to see her daughter that she, along with her husband, shut herself away in the room.
Doctors had put the baby under intensive care where a team of medical staff monitored her condition every 15 minutes, but she tragically passed away at 10.44pm the same night.
Dr Syarifuddin Nasution, head of the Mandailing Natal District Health Office said: “The baby girl was born in a condition of abnormalities.
“We had to put the oxygen hose from the mouth because there was no nose,”
The doctor said babies with these conditions are usually born by caesarean section.
In general, such babies experience respiratory problems and heartburn because their heart rate is below 100 per minute.
Dr Syarifuddin Nasution added: “This is a very rare case.
“If her condition had improved, we would have referred her to Medan but we were aware the baby had a very short life expectancy.”
Dr Syarifuddin suspect the cause of the baby’s disabilities was mercury exposure and the Rubella virus.
The parents live in the Kayu Jati village, Panyabungan City District where they work in one of the mines.