Catalina and Virginia, two albino girls from Argentina, went viral on social media when they were born four years ago. In 2018, their parents Jorge Gomez and his wife received the wonderful news that they were going to become parents to twin baby girls, which made them even more excited as they already had a son.
Gomez stated that his wife had regular doctor visits and the pregnancy proceeded without any complications.
He said for a local news outlet: “When they gave us the news that we would have two babies, it gave us a lot of happiness, and when they were born, and we saw that they were albinos that happiness did not change at all. For us it is a blessing.”
The father of three reported a smooth delivery without any complications. Nonetheless, during the 36th week, doctors advised an urgent delivery of the babies.
Despite being born prematurely at 36 weeks, Catalina and Virginia were born healthy and within normal weight range.
Catalina was born two minutes ahead of Virginia, weighing 5.95 lbs, while Virginia weighed 5.5 lbs. The newborn girls caught Gomez and his wife off guard with their milky white hair, a sight neither they nor anyone else had ever witnessed before.
In 2018, the girls became an instant sensation in Argentina, captivating media outlets and newspapers with their pictures. People were astonished to witness the birth of two small girls with pure white hair that soon spread all over the internet.
LV12 reported that the twins were born with albinism, a rare genetic disorder characterized by a lack of skin pigmentation.
Individuals with albinism are born with little or no melanin pigment, resulting in white or blonde hair and an altered skin tone and eyesight. In some cases, infants with this condition may even have red hair, which is determined by their skin’s melanin levels.
Catalina and Virginia were the first children in Argentina to be born with albinism, which drew significant attention due to their uncommon condition.
“When they gave us the news that we would have two babies, it gave us a lot of happiness, and when they were born, and we saw that they were albinos, that happiness did not change at all,” Jorge Gomez told LV12.
He expressed feeling extremely grateful to be their father and never perceived Catalina and Virginia as different or as having any flaws.
He added: “There were some precautions that we as parents had to bear in mind. For example, the girls are extremely sensitive to UV rays, which affect their skin and can cause sunburn and even cancer in a worst-case scenario. So, we have to be extra cautious all the time and make sure that they are not going in the sunlight and are well protected from extreme weather conditions, especially hot weather.”
As the twins continue to grow, now at four years old, their beauty only flourishes.
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