A race is a grouping of humans based on shared physical or social qualities into categories generally viewed as inherently distinct by society. It is indeed important for a person for him or her to have that distinct sense of entitlement and belongingness. Being in a place where you physically belong is the safest place to stay. Can you imagine how difficult it is to not feel that belongingness even to your own family?
Back in 2000, Brazilian woman named Rosemere Fernanda de Andrade, then 18 years old gave birth to her first child. They named her Ruth. It was not her biblical name that made Ruth so special. She was so white, even though Rosemere and her then-husband Joao were both blacks. At her young age, she immediately thought that the hospital made a mistake of switching her biological daughter to the one that was given to them. Ruth had a porcelain white skin, blue eyes and yellow-white hair, that was why it was even more impossible for her to be their own. Rosemere then came to learn about albinism, which apparently, was Ruth’s case.
According to rarediseases.info.nih.gov, albinism is a group of inherited disorders that result in little or no production of the pigment melanin, which determines the color of the skin, hair, and eyes. Melanin also plays a role in the development of certain optical nerves, so all forms of albinism cause problems with the development and function of the eyes. Other symptoms can include light skin or changes in skin color; very white to brown hair; very light blue to brown eye color that may appear red in some light and may change with age; sensitivity to sun exposure; and increased risk of developing skin cancer.
After learning her daughter’s condition, she also came to realize that their lives will never be the same anymore. Rosemere has always mistakenly called Ruth’s nanny. More than the pain that the young mom felt, she was so worried as to how the people will accept her daughter. Well, great persons are created for great responsibilities. And Rosemere did not just have one, but three children with albinism. Now that she is informed as to how she will take care of them, she is now enjoying being a mom of six, three of those were albinos.
Watch their story here: