A ‘smiley’ baby boy born without eyes is in search of a loving home after being abandoned by his young mother.
Little Alexander K – known as Sasha – is otherwise healthy but will never see due to a rare condition that only two other babies in the world have.
His mum was raised in an orphanage and decided before his birth to give him up because she did not feel confident at being able to provide the help he would need.
A nurse who is now caring for the six-month-old tot said: “He is no different to other children, he plays and smiles just like any healthy baby.
“He loves playing and adores swimming.
“He is a very cheerful baby indeed.”
Enchanting Sasha is described as ‘unique’ because most babies born with the condition also have multiple other ailments.
The Russian boy has two benign cysts on his forehead, which soon will be removed.
He is believed to suffer in extreme form from rare SOX2 anophthalmia syndrome which afflicts one in a quarter of a million.
Russian medics say Sasha is one of only three babies registered in the world with no eyeballs at all.
Tomsk doctor Tatiana Rudnikovich said: “Sasha is going through all regular check ups and tests like any other baby of his age.
“He is doing well.”
However, medics say there is currently “no chance” that Sasha will ever see.
His adoption listing says the boy is “a peaceful, smiling baby”.
“He smiles back as soon as he hears familiar voices.
“His mother signed his refusal papers in the maternity hospital.
“There is no information about Alexander’s father and there is a ‘dash’ in his birth certificate where it should have been a name of the father.
“Alexander is up for adoption or foster care.”
The child is initially up for adoption with Russian parents but if no-one suitable comes forward, he could go to foreign parents.