Rodrigo, the baby boy, was delivered at a hospital in Setubal, some 40 kilometers south of Lisbon, on October 7, 2019. However, the baby was delivered with various deformities that were only detected after his birth. He was born without a nose, eyes, or a piece of his skull, and has been dubbed a “baby without a face.” The doctors thought the infant wouldn’t survive long at the time.
On the 7th of October, Baby Rodrigo’s family celebrated his second birthday.
Marlene Simao mentioned how well Rodrigo is doing currently, despite his health difficulties, during a chat with the Portuguese resident Rodrigo’s mother.
“He is a baby like any other baby,” his parents say, as he continues to thrive. She also claims that Rodrigo can now recognize people and smile at them.
During Marlene’s pregnancy, obstetrician Dr. Artur Carvalho of the private clinic Ecosado found no issues with the unborn baby.
Marlene and his father David Ribeiro were only told of probable abnormalities after a 5D ultrasound examination at another clinic.
The Order of Doctors has found Dr. Carvalho to be the subject of several ailments. Criminal proceedings were made once it was revealed. He also missed detecting abnormalities in unborn infants in five more cases during the pregnancies.
Initially, Dr. Carvalho was suspended for six months. In April of 2020, he was removed from the Order of Doctors, despite his appeal.
On July 1st of that year, he announced his retirement. Prosecutors then closed the case since there was no proof of a crime.
Rodrigo endured critical surgery in hospitals in Setubal and Lisbon last year to allow his skull to grow. In those hospitals, he is still being monitored.