Cyclopia is a congenital abnormality (birth defect) in which there is only one eye. That eye is centrally placed in the area normally occupied by the root of the nose.
Reports have emerged on a new case of cyclopia that has been discovered in the Northern part of Africa, Egypt.
The baby is believed to be suffering from the rare birth defect known as ‘cyclopia’, which takes its name from the mythical one-eyed creatures in Greek legend and literature. The birth defect is so rare in humans that the last human case was recorded in 1973 and the subsequent cases have been in animals.
The doctors think the deformity could be the result of a combination of medicines taken by the mother during pregnancy or from exposure to radiation.
The mum, who is Egyptian, gave birth at a private hospital in the north-eastern town of El Senbellawein in Egypt.
Dr Ahmed Badruddin, who is supervising the baby’s condition at the hospital, said that the infant has a full head of hair, large ears and many other deformities on his body. He said due to the infant’s condition, he is only expected to survive a few more days.
The tragic picture of the child was released by the family, who are receiving counseling.
It appears that the comic “cyclops” may have visited the earth one more time and the place to be is Africa.