A black mother who gave birth to a million-to-one, white, blue-eyed baby boy has stunned doctors by having a second white child.
analyst Catherine Howarth, 3ieved the rare recessive white gene that
resulted in son Jonah, three, being completely white would not strike a
So she was stunned when the midwife handed her daughter Sophia and she was as white as her big brother.
mum from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire, believes she is the only black
mother in the world to have given birth to two white, blue-eyed
She said: ‘When Jonah was born, a genetic specialist
said he was a one-in-a-million baby. He said it was extraordinary with
my African background that I’d had a child with blue eyes and pale skin.
‘He calculated the possibility of it happening again was less than one in a million.
when Sophia was born with white skin and blue eyes I was more than
taken aback with shock. It seems the odds of it happening twice are
millions-to-one. No-one has heard of a black mum having two white babies
one after the other.’
While husband Richard, 37, an engineer, is
completely white, the couple from Milton Keynes, Buckinghamshire
thought their second child would be much darker than their first.
said: ‘When I had Jonah he was so white both Richard and I thought the
midwife had given us the wrong child. But if anything, having Sophia has
been even more of a shock because we were sure it couldn’t happen
‘I was stunned when I saw her blue eyes and light skin.’
Doctors were equally amazed when Sophia was born last March.
Catherine is of Nigerian decent with no white genes in her family.
MUM STUNS DOCS British mum becomes first black woman to give birth to two white babies
After giving birth to a son with blue eyes Catherine Howarth has now given birth to a blue eyed baby girl
‘My parents were from Nigeria and as far back as anyone can recall my family have all been black.
only explanation seems to be there must have been a white gene in my
family that has remained dormant for years until now. And now it seems
to be very dominant.’
Dad Richard said: ‘While it is interesting
how the genes have aligned themselves, it doesn’t matter to us what
colour our children’s skin is. We just feel incredibly lucky to have a
beautiful son and daughter. Having healthy and happy kids is all that