Baby born without eyes needs new home after mum abandoned him

Little Alexander K – known as Sasha – was abandoned by his young mother (Picture: Valery Kasatkin)

This special little boy needs a new mum and dad. Little Alexander K – known as Sasha – was abandoned by his young mother after he was born in April with no eyes. The woman, who was raised in an orphanage in Russia, had decided to give him up before he was born because she thought she would not be able to cope with his condition. Doctors in the Siberian city of Tomsk confirmed Sasha, who suffers from an extreme form of rare SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome, was otherwise healthy and authorities are now looking to get him adopted. Sasha is described as ‘unique’ because most babies born with the condition also have multiple other ailments. A nurse who is now caring for him said: ‘He is no different to other children, he plays and smiles just like any healthy baby. ‘He loves playing and adores swimming. ‘He is a very cheerful baby indeed.’

Sasha is looking for a new home (Picture: Valery Kasatkin)

He suffers from a rare condition called SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome (Picture: Valery Kasatkin)

In his adoption listing, Sasha is described as ‘a peaceful, smiling baby’. It adds: ‘He smiles back as soon as he hears familiar voices. ‘His mother signed his refusal papers in the maternity hospital. ‘There is no information about Alexander’s father and there is a ‘dash’ in his birth certificate where it should have been a name of the father. ‘Alexander is up for adoption or foster care.’ Authorities are initially looking to place Sasha with Russian parents but if none of them are suitable they are willing to look at foreign adopters. Currently, there are restrictions to adoptions to the US.

His mum did not think she could cope with his condtion (Picture: Valery Kasatkin)

What a cute little boy (Picture: Valery Kasatkin)
There’s little chance Sasha, who is one of only three babies registered in the world with no eyeballs at all, will ever be able to see. He will need to be fitted with tiny eye orbs every six months to ensure his face does not become misshapen as he grows, according to The Siberian Times. Tomsk doctor Tatiana Rudnikovich added: ‘Sasha is going through all regular check-ups and tests like any other baby of his age. ‘He is doing well.’ Sasha also has two benign cysts on his forehead which soon will be removed. There are only two other cases of babies born without eyes registered in the world, including Archie Innes, now two, born to Scottish parents Fiona and Steven Gould who currently live in Sydney, Australia. Archie also has a severe gross motor delay, mild-to-moderate hearing impairment, and moderate aspiration.