Catherine Howarth, a Nigerian woman by heritage, gave birth to a white baby three months ago, which is something experts claim is a one in one million occurrence.
Howarth was surprised when she first saw her son, who has pale skin with green eyes and light brown hair.
“The midwife looked at me and looked back down at Jonah and then at me again and couldn’t believe it,” Howarth said.
According to doctors, the skin color of a child can get darker a few weeks after they’re born, but the color at the tip of Jonah Howarth’s ears - an indication of long term skin color - made it obvious that he would remain pale.
Doctors have confirmed that the child is not an albino.
“We have been told I must have been carrying a recessive gene,” Howarth said. “My parents were from Nigeria and, for as far back as anyone can remember, my family have all been black.”
Howarth’s Caucasian husband, Richard, was also shocked by the color of his son. However, Howarth has said that his son’s skin color doesn’t matter, and that he’s simply glad the child is healthy and happy.
Doctors have suggested that the couple is unlikely to have another white baby, since the single gene believed to produce such a child is needed in a rare combination of other genes.
Only two other similar cases have been reported in the past, though both occurred in America. In 2010, Nmachi Ihegboro was born white to two black parents. In 2005, a mixed-race couple gave birth to twins – one white and one black.