Catherine and Richard Howarth, a couple from England, got surprised by the skin color of the baby they welcomed to the world.
Richard has white skin and reddish hair and Catherine has black skin as she has Nigerian ancestors. According to The Epoch Times, the skin color of Catherine’s relatives is darker than hers.
When the couple learned that she was pregnant, they were excited to learn the skin color of the baby. Everybody thought that it would have dark skin as it is believed that the dark skin gen is stronger than the white one.
Things are completely different as the baby, Jonah, has white skin and blue eyes. Catherine revealed that right after she gave birth, she asked the nurses and the midwives if he really was her baby.
Catherine was not the only person surprised by the color of her baby as all the staff in the maternity ward and even Richard were also in disbelief. The couple pointed out that they fell in love with him from the first moment they looked at him.
Since they didn’t know how such thing was possible, they talked to Doctor Emily Grossman, a genetics expert, who admitted that he was a ‘one in a million baby.’ Jonah has his father’s skin tone and his mother’s physical features.
‘Contrary to eye color, skin color is controlled by up to 20 different genes rather than just one as with eye color. You have almost infinite combinations of different colors from two different colored parents. It is totally, totally by chance.’
Dr. Emily Grossman, The Epoch Times, October 28, 2017.
Catherine revealed that they got a lot of attention when they were on the street and that some people even stopped them to ask if he is really her son. Her friends say that he should be a baby model.
Jonah has proved that he would be a successful celebrity as he loves the attention. He is a smiley baby, loves different faces, and is ‘very sociable.’