By Aliki Kraterou
A mum who gave birth to a black and an albino twin babies says people don’t believe the twins are hers because of their different skin colour.
Judith Nwokocha ,38, a photographer from Calgary, Canada admits that she was also surprised when she gave birth to a black baby boy Kamsi, and an albino baby girl, Kachi in 2016.
Judith struggled for eight years to get pregnant until she tried IVF and it worked- but when she actually gave birth she thought she was given the wrong baby.
Judith said: “Most people don’t believe they’re twins- it’s also the hair texture that confuses them.
“Someone has asked me: ‘where are her parents?’
“I can see the look of shock in their faces when I tell them I’m her mum.
“I haven’t had any negative reaction from anyone, they always tell me she is beautiful.
“I remember going for my first scan when they told me ‘you are having a baby’ and I said ‘ no , I’m having two’, I knew, without a doubt.
“The second scan revealed we’re having twins- I was told the twins might have Down Syndrome.
“At 7 weeks Kachi was always behind, was very small, she stopped growing, I remember the doctors telling me she might not make it-I’m so grateful she did.
“She didn’t cry initially so I was thinking what’s going to happen, how is she going to be?
“I was shocked- I thought they had handed me somebody else’s baby, I didn’t believe she was mine.
“It never crossed my mind I was going to have an albino baby, we don’t have any in my family, nor my husband’s family.
“It was a real shock for me, I was thinking ‘what are they doing, why did they give me someone else’s baby?’
“And then I thought, ‘ could it be I got somebody else’s ?
“But I was just glad she was perfect- both were healthy and they just made me be stressed for nothing.
“Other than the fact that she is different colour, she looks exactly like me. “
Kachi was diagnosed of Oculocutaneous Albinism (OCA) type 2, an inherited condition where people do not produce sufficient melanin (pigment) and this affects their eyes, skin and hair.
One in every four children have chances of being affected, when both parents are carriers of Albinism gene.
Judith says she was initially concerned of how Kachi was going to be growing up and how would other people react to her albinism.
But apart from a sensitive skin and eyesight, Kachi is perfectly healthy and although she turns a few heads on the street, Judith hasn’t let that put her down.
Judith, who is originally from Nigeria says that there are a some superstitions regarding albinos in her country which was another reason she was worried but going to counselling to learn how to take care of her helped her.
She added:“It took me a while to realise I’m going to be raising an albino- I was really concerned about what people were going to say, it’s not a very usual thing to have an albino and a black baby.
“I was also sad, I was worried about how she is going to go through society, how people are going to treat her.
“It didn’t affect my affection or love at all of course.
“Where I come from, people in visible minorities are mistreated so I am grateful I live in a western country.
“She can’t do to the sun too long and her skin getting burned.
“Her eyesight is quite sensitive and she needs to see a specialist every 6 months. “
The twins themselves have a great brother-sister relationship and their mum thinks ‘they haven’t noticed anything different’.