An Alabama boy who was born without a nose and had gained a legion of online supporters with his smiles and fist bumps died on Saturday, three months after celebrating his second birthday.
Jeremy Finch told informed his followers on Facebook of Eli’s death.
“We lost our little buddy last night,” Jeremy Finch, Eli Thompson’s father, posted on Facebook. “I’ll never be able to make sense of why this happened, and this will hurt deeply for a long time. But I’m so blessed to have had this beautiful boy in my life!”
Eli was born without a nasal passage or sinus cavities and received a tracheotomy at just 5 days old, AL.com reported. He was diagnosed with arhinia, a congenital facial condition that has only been recorded 30 times, according to the National Institute of Health.