Nigerian woman Catherine Howarth who is married to a British has beaten odds of a million-to-one by giving birth to a baby who appears to be of a different race. Catherine was taken back when she saw her son Jonah for the first time. With his pale skin, green eyes and light brown hair, Jonah, now three months old has no feature to show he is mixed parentage.
Recalling the moment she delivered Jonah in Milton Keynes Hospital on June 1, his mother told the Sunday Mirror:
‘Some children get darker after a few weeks when the skin colour they will have for life starts to become obvious. But you can see from the colour at the tips of their ears what that Jonah was fully white.
We have been told I must have been carrying a recessive gene. My parents were from Nigeria and, for as far back as anyone can remember; my family have all been black.’
Husband Richard, 34, who works as a medical recruitment consultant, was equally as shocked when he first saw his son:
‘The colour of Jonah’s skin is of no concern - Jonah being a healthy and happy baby is what matters.’
In 2010, Nigerian parents Benjaman and Angela Ihegboro (pictured right) welcomed their white-skinned, blonde-haired daughter Nmachi. The couple, from Woolwich, South London, was as baffled as the scientific community at their daughter's appearance, being unaware of any white heritage at all in either family.