Patience Chando, a black mother of three, is stunned on how she could give birth to a pale-skinned, red-haired child with a piercing blue eyes.
Patience from Zimbabwe 36, and Andreas Spillea, her white German partner, 49 gave birth to the four months old child Andre Mariella in April.
Patience Chando who is a former office worker thought her baby’s complexation would darken since her other daughters, Lucrecia, 17 years old and faith 15 years old inherited her skin tone.
However, the mother of Andrea said that Andrea’s blue eyes, milky skin and striking auburn hair is always catching people attention wherever they step their foot on, in their hometown Hanover, Germany.
She said she can’t take her daughter out in the streets without being stopped by admirers to look at her because of how adorable she is or to take photographs with her and the baby.
The mother of three 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
She added that her doctors were equally surprised and showed their concerns that the baby might be suffering from a skin disorder when she took her for a routine check-up.
My doctor was amazed. He even tested her for a skin disorder out of concern for how pale she was.
My friends keep joking that a mother is out there looking for their baby, and one day they will find us.
However, Patience conceived her two daughters, Faith and Lucrecia with her former black partner before she met her new partner, the father of Andrea, Andreas Spillea in Zimbabwe and moved in with him to Hanover Germany.
A medical Geneticist at the University of California, Dr Bryce Mendelsohn stated:
‘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.
A clinical director of the Victorian Clinical Genetics Services in Australia Dr Martin Dekatycki said:
If someone with dark skin procreates with someone of light skin, the child’s skin colour will generally fall somewhere between them on the spectrum.
There is not one gene for skin colour, and there are many complex genetic influences and subtle change that can impact the outcome.’
If two dark-skinned people conceive a light skinned child, this would usually be due to a form of albinism, but this does not appear to be the case here judging by the child’s hair and eye colour
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