- Nhel Jhon Prado has encephalocele, which went undetected until his birth
- His parents try to see the egg-sized lump as ‘special’ and ‘a blessing’
- They were able to take him home but he requires round-the-clock care
- A life-saving operation to remove the defect is being delayed due to costs
- If successful, Nhel should suffer no brain damage and go on to live a healthy life
A real-life ‘unicorn baby’ was born with a ‘horn’ growing from his head.
Seven-week-old boy Nhel Jhon Prado suffers from encephalocele, which doctors failed to detect while he was in the womb.
Speaking of her surprise at seeing the egg-sized lump, Nhel’s mother Angel Puerto, 20, said: ‘We have never seen a baby like this before, so we try to look at it like a blessing. Like he is a special little unicorn baby.’
Although Angel and Nhel’s father Ronel Prado, 20, a delivery driver, were able take their son to their home in Manila, Philippines, he has since needed round-the-clock care to redress the bandages on his tender lump, which is growing rapidly.
The family are waiting for a life-saving operation to remove the birth defect at Pasig General Hospital, which is due to take place in the coming weeks but is being delayed due to costs.
Although the operation is critical, Nhel’s parents have been told their son has suffered no brain damage and should go on to live a healthy life if the procedure is successful.