Incredible!! Baby born with bright white locks sends the internet into meltdown…Read more 

A baby born with bright white locks has sent the internet into meltdown over her striking resemblance to the Game of Thrones character Daenerys.

Devina Smith, from Mississippi, shocked her family when she was born with a mane of snow-colored hair.
Mother Jessica Smith, 27, posted photos of the silvery-haired newborn that have been viewed thousands of time, with some claiming they must be photoshopped.
But doctors confirmed that Devina’s unusual hair color is down to an inherited condition called partial albinism, which is caused by a lack of pigment in the hair, eyes and skin.
The rare genetic condition affects just five in every 100,000 people in the US and Europe, according to previous research.

Devina Smith, from Mississippi, shocked her family when she was born with bright white hair

Devina Smith, from Mississippi, shocked her family when she was born with bright white hair

WHAT IS PARTIAL ALBINISM?

Partial albinism is an inherited condition caused by an error in genes that code for melanin production in the body.
Melanin is a pigment that gives color to the eyes, skin and hair.
People of different races have different amounts of melanin, which soaks up harmful UV rays from the sun.
But people with albinism can’t produce melanin, regardless of their race.
Those with partial and full albinism are characterized by their white hair and pale skin.
But people with full albinism are more likely to have red eyes and an increased sensitivity to light.
Full albinism is a recessive genetic condition, usually only affecting a baby when both parents carry genes for albinism.
But partial albinism has more complex genetic causes. Scientists believe it may be caused by a flaw (or mutation) in one of a number of genes that are known to affect melanin production.
Because of this, it is less easy to predict when a child will be born with partial albinism. 

Devina's snow-colored locks have already been attracting attention in public and online

 Devina’s snow-colored locks have already been attracting attention in public and online

Mother Jessica Smith, 27, posted photos of the silvery-haired newborn that have been viewed thousands of time, with some claiming they must be photoshopped

Despite her condition, Devina Smith, born May 1, is perfectly healthy other than needing regular check-ups on her sight. 

Mother-of-three Ms Smith said: ‘I never expected her to have hair like that.

‘I didn’t know until she was born.

‘The doctor told me she had a lot of hair during delivery but it was a shock when I saw her for the first time, she had so much hair, it was crazy.

Doctors have said Devina's  hair color is down to an inherited condition called partial albinism

Doctors have said Devina’s  hair color is down to an inherited condition called partial albinism

Devina, pictured with mother Jessica, is perfectly healthy despite her rare condition

Devina, pictured left with mother Jessica, is perfectly healthy despite her rare condition 

The rare genetic condition affects just five in every 100,000 people in the US and Europe

‘I hadn’t seen a baby like that before others were blond, but not white.

‘I think it makes her extra special.’

Devina’s locks have already been attracting attention in public and online.

Ms Smith said: ‘She’s so tiny, we haven’t taken her out much but when we took her for a hospital visit, a little girl said she looked like a baby doll.

 Partial albinism is an inherited condition caused by an error in the gene that codes for melanin

 Partial albinism is an inherited condition caused by an error in the gene that codes for melanin

The silvery-haired newborn has drawn comparisons to Game of Thrones star Daenerys

The silvery-haired newborn has drawn comparisons to Game of Thrones star Daenerys (right)

Pictured is Daenerys, a character in Game of Thrones played by actress Emilia Clarke

‘When we posted her photos online, they were being viewed thousands of times.

‘I couldn’t believe how much attention the photos was getting. People thought it had been photoshopped.

‘My oldest is nine and he was so happy, and couldn’t get over her hair either.’

Devina, born on May 1, will need to have regular sight checks because of her partial albinism

Devina, born on May 1, will need to have regular sight checks because of her partial albinism
Source – dailymail.co.uk
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