A 35-year-old Nigerian woman, Catherine Howarth, who is married to a white man, Richard Howarth becomes the only black woman to consecutively give birth to two white children with blue eyes.
According to Dailymail, Catherine’s first child, Jonah, who is now three-years-old, was a blue-eyed, white baby boy her second child, Sophia who is also as white as her brother.
Catherine, who believes she is the only black mother in the world to have given birth to two white, blue-eyed children, explained that she didn’t believe she would have a second white child.
When Jonah was born, a genetic specialist said he was a one-in-a-million baby. He said it was extraordinary with my African background that I’d had a child with blue eyes and pale skin. He calculated the possibility of it happening again was less than one in a million.
So when Sophia was born with white skin and blue eyes I was more than taken back with shock. It seems the odds of it happening twice are millions-to-one. No-one has heard of a black mum having two white babies one after the other.
When I had Jonah, he was so white both Richard and I thought the midwife had given us the wrong child. But if anything, having Sophia has been even more of a shock because we were sure it couldn’t happen twice. I was stunned when I saw her blue eyes and light skin.
Catherine’s husband explained that the skin of their children doesn’t matter to them. They were just happy to have healthy and happy kids.
Colleen Lynch, a Molecular Geneticist said it was likely there is a white gene somewhere in Catherine’s ancestry and due to an evolutionary throwback – known as atavism – this trait had suddenly reappeared.
Meanwhile, a professor at the University of Edinburgh said if the couple go on to have more children they could also be white.