A Nigerian woman in the UK has given birth to a white baby, and according to doctors, the chances of such a birth is very rare even though her partner is white.
Catherine Howarth is a black woman and her husband Richard, is white. In normal circumstances, the couple would have had a mixed raced baby. But they made headlines because they gave birth to a white child, which according to the doctors, the chances of a a black woman and a white man giving birth to a complete white child is 1 in 1,000,000. When Catherine was handed her baby by the midwife, the new mum was shocked and thought she had been handed the wrong baby.
While it is common for black people to have albino children, doctors have said the baby, Jonah is not an albino.
“Some children get darker after a few weeks when the skin colour they will have for life starts to become obvious. But you can see from the colour at the tips of their ears what that will be. We saw straight away that Jonah was fully white,” says Catherine who’s a financial analyst.
“We have been told that I must have been carrying a recessive gene,” said Catherine.
“My parents were from Nigeria and, for as far back as anyone can remember, my family have all been black.
“But at some point there must have been a white gene in my family that has remained dormant for years and years – until now.
“The doctors said they had researched the chances of this happening and discovered that it was very, very rare.