We are all unique in our own way, and the world is a better place because it offers diversity. There are times when we simply have to remember that we should appreciate life and its uniqueness.
It would be an understatement to say that some people were surprised when Baby Bence was born in a hospital in Szekesfehervar, Hungary.
The little boy was 21 inches tall and weighed only 12 pounds, but he was born with full hair. Fortunately, the whole process went without complications or problems, so the parents were happy that he was in good health. Doctors were confused and could not give a cause but it was a normal birth, according to the baby’s parents.
Doctors examined the blood samples and tested melanin levels, but the baby was not at risk for albinism, a condition where the skin is lacking in melanins or pigments. Blood tests revealed Bence’s blood had a low melanoma level, which is equivalent to albinoism.
They concluded that the low levels contributed to Bence’s unique hair color, but could not answer the question because the baby’s skin was different from other albino cases because it lacked pigments in its skin, not just in the baby’s hair. Babies typically develop melanins as they age, and although many babies are born with dark hair just to see their hair grow, there are some babies who do not develop them at all, according to the US National Institutes of Health.
Dr Kummer suspected at the time that the loss of pigment in the hair was only temporary and limited, and that not even the pretty boy’s strange hair was connected with prenatal stress. He also believed that melanin levels could have increased because of low pigment levels in his baby’s skin rather than his hair color.
His beautiful hair made him an internet sensation, and nurses on the maternity ward called him “Prince Charming.” Doctors are still unsure about Bence’s hair color, but many think it is due to a vitamin B12 deficiency, while others believe the most obvious reason is genetic. Tests have shown he is a healthy, happy baby that’s a relief for his parents.