“The doctors were surprised after a black mother gave birth to a white girl and blue eyes whose skin color is much clearer than her sisters”
A Zimbabwean mum-of-three was left baffled after giving birth to a white, red-haired child with blue eyes. Patience Chando and white partner Andreas Spillea thought their daughter’s pale complexion would darken in the days after her birth – but the youngster is continuing to turn heads.
Black mum-of-three baffled after giving birth to white, red-headed child with blue eyes
Patience said: “I couldn’t believe it. Her skin was too white when she was born, I was sure it would tone down, which happens sometimes, but it hasn’t.
“It wasn’t until a few days after she was born I started to think: ‘hold on, her skin was white. I’m her biological mother and I’m black’.
“Every time we go out I get questioned or stopped for photographs. I’m running out of things to say to people. She’s the centre of attraction.”
When four-month-old Andrea Mariella was born in Hanover, Germany in April former office worker Patience was stunned.
Doctors were equally amazed and carried out checks to ensure Andrea didn’t have a skin disorder.
Patience added: “My friends keep joking that a mother is out there looking for their baby, and one day they will find us.”
Patience, who has two older daughters 15-year-old Faith and 17-year-old Lucricia, moved to Hanover after meeting her new partner, 49-year-old German Andreas, in Zimbabwe.
Patience said that she has traced her ancestry but found no white heritage in her family, despite experts saying this could be behind her daughter’s creamy complexion.
Dr. Bryce Mendelsohn, a medical geneticist at the University of California, said: “People of African descent have traces of European in their ancestry, especially from populations with many geographic origins, so that could be the case here.
“The child is distinctly lighter than her mother, but of course there is another parent to consider. Children often resemble one parent more than the other.
“When we pass on our genes to our kids they can be skewed either way, it’s what makes us unique.”