Alabama mom: Baby born with rare condition and without a nose is 'perfect the way he is'

Before Eli Thompson was born, his father joked that he hoped he wouldn't pass on his nose to his new son.

But moments after Eli's birth, an air of seriousness — and concern — filled the room.

Mother Brandi McGlathery tells ( ) she knew immediately that something wasn't right.

She shouted, "He doesn't have a nose!"

McGlathery says Eli began breathing through his mouth right away March 4 at a Mobile, Alabama, hospital.

McGlathery says her son was born with a rare condition known as complete congenital arhinia.

She says she and husband Troy "think he's perfect the way he is."

The University of South Alabama Children's & Women's Hospital said in a statement on its Facebook account that the condition affects fewer than 40 other people around the world.