The 38-year-old Nigerian-born photographer from Calgary fell pregnant with her husband, who is also bl-ack, through IVF and later discovered that she was actually pregnant with twins. As her pregnancy progressed one of her babies fell behind in the growth rate and she was warned her baby may have Down syndrome. At 37 weeks Judith was induced and her twins were delivered via caesarean section.
She delivered her baby boy, Kamsi, weighing 6.1 lbs., but was understandably concerned when her daughter Kachi arrived weighing just 3½ lbs.
But this wasn’t her only concern as her baby daughter was diagnosed with albinism which affects the production of melanin, the pigment that colors skin, hair, and eyes. When she was handed her beautiful babies Judith revealed her shock at seeing them and initially believed she had been given the wrong baby. “The first time I saw her, I wondered if the nurse was handing me my baby, or someone else’s.
I waited a few seconds for someone to tell me there was a mix up, but all I heard from the nurse was how beautiful she was.” Judith was concerned about the growth rate of her daughter while she was carrying her but she never believed she would give birth to a white baby.
Judith wrote, “I was quite surprised by how white she was.” A few days after the twins were born, doctors told Judith that Kachi had albinism. The mom of two was initially concerned for Kachi and how people would react to her as well as being concerned about her health after being told that Kachi would be visually impaired for the rest of her life. “I loved my princess like every mother would love her baby, but worried about her condition,” she wrote in a Love What Matters essay.
“Gradually, worry turned to sadness and I started questioning God, wondering why he would put me in such a situation. I worried about her future, how society would treat her, how she’ll be accepted “I envied other bl-ack babies and thought, ‘Why me? Why was I the one to have an albino baby? How did I get bl-ack and white twins?”‘ She even said that she and her husband had to go to counselling to help learn to cope with Kachi’s condition and by the time the twins were 1 Judith said she had learned to see past the negativity. “I began to see the beauty in her condition.
I began to admire her gold hair, her brown eyes, her pink lips and everything about her. “I noticed how attractive she was to people whenever I took them out. People admired her a lot and she is usually the one who gets all the attention.” Like all twins the brother and sister share a special bond and don’t notice that anything is different.
Judith says she is now working on always reminding her daughter just how special she is. “I always tell her how beautiful she is, because she really is. I wouldn’t trade her condition for a million dollars because she’s perfect to me in every way,” she said.
“Albinism may have its challenges but I’m teaching her to be strong and conquer whatever may come her way. I’m showcasing the beauty in albinism by constantly taking pictures of her and twin brother. “I’m not sure she’s aware of her uniqueness at the moment, but eventually she’ll know, and it’s my responsibility to educate her and teach her to love herself no matter what.”
This is how people reacted to this post:
Thomas – I’m Canadian, people who know about albinism will always accept
Ray – Science has determined this is a case of albino today. In the past, this is…. Not good
Sofia Duran – I have a girl at my school who is an albino her skin and hair is PURE white and she’s fit in perfectly with my school
Albino – As an albino I wish you luck, you guys seem like amazing parents. Also it’s called Albinism.
Meg – I recently read about Shaun Ross, the African American model with albinism. No matter what, he’s still handsome!
Teresa – She is clearly albino because of her hair, it is very similar to their type of style of hair but it is cool to know that there can be albino humans and I wish the best for her
Dareal – Those people who thinks that she is not the mother must not know the difference between whites and albinos. Smh
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