Two-year-old baby girl with beautiful big black eyes has rare genetic disorder

Karina Ortega, the mother of two-year-old Mehlani, uploaded a couple of tweets and photos of her daughter and her beautiful big black eyes while revealing the disease that makes them look that way.

The tweet that started the tread had a photo of Mehlani looking directly at the camera with an infectious smile and her gorgeous eyes. While most people considered that the girl looked pretty, the message her mother wrote was the highlight of the post.

In it, Karina set clear that when they were out and a stranger complimented on Mehlani’s eyes, she had a mental debate on whether or not mentioning her congenital disability.


“I decide no, smile & say thank you. I’m always left with a weird feeling. I just pray she’ll always know how beautiful she is,” added Karina in the tweet that quickly went viral.


Mehlani suffers from Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome, which is a disorder that affects primarily the eyes of the patient creating cornea and iris defects. It can also cause some distinctive facial features and problems with teeth.


Later, Karina talked about her concerns regarding Mehlani’s future, especially when she gets old enough to start school. She is afraid that other children would make fun of her daughter’s condition and she starts hating her “unique, gorgeous eyes.” Those thoughts make Karina feel devastated because Mehlani has gone through a lot already.


In a conversation Karina had with Unilad, she revealed that Mehlani got the heartbreaking diagnosis when she was just a week old as her iris didn’t form correctly in the womb, so most of her eyes are all black pupil. Soon later, doctors learned that she had glaucoma, a condition that causes loss of eyesight.

At the time of the interview, Mehlani was able to see perfectly, but Karina was not sure about the future. The mother added that the only reason she shared those tweets was that she wanted to raise awareness about the condition. “I hope now there will be more donations to the cause and it will be more talk about!” finished Karina.


Mehlani is not the only child who went viral due to her eyes. When the pictures of twins Megan and Morgan Boyd hit the internet, people couldn’t stop gushing about them.

What many people found particular about the girls is the combination of their dark skin with bright blue eyes. While Megan has both eyes blue, Morgan has one blue and one dark brown – an even rarer combination. The condition, although uncommon, is not unique; it’s called heterochromia.

As they grew up, the twins started to develop an interest for the camera and flashes, always ready to strike a pose in family reunions and not to show an ounce of shyness in front of the lens. The girls have a bright future ahead, especially if they keep modeling.

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