Online photos of a Mississippi newborn baby have captured the attention of thousands.
Devina Smith was born on May 1 with an abundance of snow-colored hair, shocking her family, reports the Daily Mail, which compared the baby to the white-maned "Game of Thrones" character, Daenerys Targaryen.
"I never expected her to have hair like that," says mother Jessica Smith, 27. She goes on to elaborate on her surprise:
I didn't know until she was born. The doctor told me she had a lot of hair during delivery but it was a shock when I saw her for the first time, she had so much hair, it was crazy. I hadn't seen a baby like that before others were blond, but not white. I think it makes her extra special. She's so tiny, we haven't taken her out much but when we took her for a hospital visit, a little girl said she looked like a baby doll. When we posted her photos online, they were being viewed thousands of times. I couldn't believe how much attention the photos [were] getting.
According to Smith, some viewers thought the photos must be digitally edited. However, doctors confirmed that Devina's white hair is merely due to an inherited condition called partial albinism, which is caused by a lack of pigment in the hair, eyes and skin.
The condition is rare, affecting only five in every 100,000 people in the U.S. and Europe.
A clinical definition is supplied by the National Institutes of Health:
Albinism is a group of inherited disorders that results in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair and eyes. Melanin also plays a role in the development of certain optical nerves, so all forms of albinism cause problems with the development and function of the eyes. Other symptoms can include light skin or changes in skin color; very white to brown hair; very light blue to brown eye color that may appear red in some light and may change with age; sensitivity to sun exposure; and increased risk of developing skin cancer. Albinism is caused by mutations in one of several genes, and most types are inherited in an autosomal recessive manner. Although there's no cure, people with the disorder can take steps to improve vision and avoid too much sun exposure.
Delvina will need to have her vision checked regularly, but is otherwise reportedly healthy.