A black woman has puzzled many scientists because three out of her five children are white. Rosemere Fernandes de Andrade and her partner Joao are Afro-Brazilian must be carriers of the albinism gene since it requires both parents to be carriers in order to produce albino offspring.
The genetics professor Valdir Balbino of the Federal University of Pernambuco said that it is a very rare occurrence since the parents and two other children are black.
The family lives in the slum area of Olinda in north-east Brazil and the children have been ridiculed by the other students at their school. Mrs. Fernandes struggles to pay the medical bills for her children Ruth, 10; Esthefany, 8; and Kauan who is just 5. She must also buy the children expensive sunblock and extra clothing to protect their skin. The mother of five has also been challenged by security guards who insisted she could not be the children’s mother because they look different.
Albinism affects around one in 17,000 people and those with albinism do not produce enough melanin which gives color to the skin, hair, and eyes and protects the body from the sun’s harmful rays. People with albinism often suffer from extreme short-sightedness and a severe sensitivity to light.
In several parts of the world, people dare to pass judgment on people with albinism, calling them names that could only hurt. People with albinism did not wish to be born that way and most of them are having a hard time coping up with the people around them. Be nice to them!
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