Edith Garcia and her husband Raul were surprised but overjoyed when they found out they were expecting another child in 2013.
They already had a beautiful daughter named Mariah and were excited to welcome another little one into the world.
But after the birth in June 2014, everyone was left speechless when they saw that the newborn had completely white skin and hair!
“I didn’t know what to think,” said Edith. Neither Edith nor her husband Raul were aware of having an albinism gene in their family.
The fact that the albinism gene is recessive means that people can carry it without being affected by it and, therefore, may not even know about it.
The condition is caused by a gene that leads to a lack of pigmentation in the eyes, hair, and skin.
“My mother asked my grandfather if he knew of any relatives with the condition, and he confirmed that there were, but at least five generations back,” Edith said.
It turns out that Raul had distant cousins with this condition.
Edith says that, initially, they were uncertain about their daughter’s condition, which led them to doubt and conduct extensive research.
She found great comfort in connecting with people online who were either albino or had a family member with this condition.
She also admits to coming across some heartbreaking things said about people with albinism.
This was her breaking point in deciding to make her daughter’s condition public.