When Richie Lopez was born, his family couldn’t have been happier, but nearly two weeks later, when the baby still had not opened his eyes, the hospital made a shocking discovery: he had none.
Kelly Lopez, mother of the now 3-month-old baby Richie, told reporters that she had a completely normal pregnancy otherwise, and that an ultrasound never revealed anything out of the ordinary.
“I think we were just in shock. Obviously very upsetting,” she told reporters at local channel 3TV. “The first thought through your mind is, how did this even happen and how was it not even caught?”
After being concerned that her child wasn’t opening his eyes several hours after birth, the hospital staff at Banner Medical Center in Mesa, Arizona, assured her that his face was simply swollen from the birthing process.
After thirteen days though, the hospital gave Richie an MRI revealing that he had no eyes.
Aside from his condition, Richie is an otherwise healthy baby. According to 3TV, doctors have sutured in expanders in his eye sockets, which allow his sockets to grow in order to one day hold a prosthetic eyeball.