A six-year-old boy born without eyes is one of only 60 cases in the world and is subjected to cruel taunts from strangers
Christian Buchanan, from Woodbury, Tennessee, suffers from a Tessier facial cleft with microphthalmia, which has just 60 known cases in medical history.
Since being born with large gaps in his face, Christian has required a feeding tube since he was just four days old and has endured seven reconstruction operations.
Despite the condition leaving the youngster unable to see, as well as affecting his learning and speech, his mother Lacey insists the disorder has not stopped Christian from living a full life.
She said: ‘Christian is a very typical little boy. He’s learning to read, he likes to wrestle with his little brother – all the things that any six-year-old would enjoy.’
Although the youngster, who is learning to play the violin and working towards an orange belt in karate, manages to get the most out of his life, he still endures cruel comments from strangers.
Lacey said: ‘I was unaware before Christian was born that there is this huge social stigma about being different, looking different, and most people didn’t know how to handle somebody with that type of difference.’
She is speaking out to raise awareness of disabilities in the hope of making people more accepting of those who look different.
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