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MOBILE, Ala. -

Baby Eli Thompson was born in Mobile, Alabama in early March with an extremely rare birth defect. He has no nose, nasal passage or sinus cavity. 

After carrying him for 9 months, he's finally home wrapped in her arms.

It was also in her arms in the delivery room when she realized something was wrong.

"He was delivered, and the doctor put him on my chest, and as his dad was cutting the cord, I kind of pulled him back so I could get a better look at him, and I sat there for a second and then I said, 'Uh.. Something's wrong with him.' And my doctor said, 'No, he's perfectly fine.' And I said, 'No, he doesn't have a nose,'" Eli's mother Brandi McGlathery said. 

The disorder is so rare that there's reportedly only 38 other people in the whole world with cases like this.

Doctors at USA Children's and Women's Hospital were baffled by the baby. His mother's ultrasounds and tests showed there was no sign anything was wrong.

Within hours of his birth, Eli was whisked away to specialists. His daily life includes using a tube to make breathing and feeding easier. And there will be several surgeries in his future.

Because Eli is so small, doctors are not considering cosmetic surgery until at least puberty.

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