When Brooklynn Barnwell, 5, met her newborn sister Noralynn, who has Albinism, she couldn’t contain her joy. She told that her sister was Elsa.
Taylor Dunnavant of Saint Clair, Missouri, claims she sensed something wasn’t quite right about her most recent pregnancy. The 25-year-old mother gained weight and had some minor difficulties during her pregnancy, but nothing could have prepared her for the moment she greeted her new daughter Noralynn on March 5. “Everything about her was white, from her hair to her skin. Dunnavant recalls seeing the infant and thinking, “I had no idea she was going to be albino.” “It hit me like a ton of bricks. All I could utter was, ‘Oh!’ as they picked her up and laid her on me. ‘She has nothing but white on her!’
Dunnavant and her husband, Chris Barnwell, struggled to accept the news that their new baby girl was born with albinism, a congenital disease in which the body produces little or no melanin. Taylor and Chris didn’t have a family history of the disease, so they were perplexed. This was the point at which all of the varied notions began to flood in. Taylor and her husband, Chris, were afraid and worried about the health of their kid. However, just 15 minutes after the delivery, they presented their 5-year-old daughter, Brooklynn, to the child, the little girl had a lovely reaction.
“She stated she has the appearance of Elsa and a snow fairy!” Dunnavant remembers Brooklynn mentioning Elsa from Frozen and a winter-themed fairy from the Tinker Bell series. “She looked me in the eyes and said, ‘Mom, she’s a snow fairy,’ and I burst out laughing. ‘She’s related to Elsa!’ she said.
Dunnavant, who initially shared her tale with Love What Matters, tells PEOPLE that she had no idea her baby was albino. So, in the weeks following Noralynn’s birth, she and Barnwell took her to a doctor, where they learned all about the condition and what they’d need to do to care for her.
She discovered that children with albinism frequently had vision problems, and she predicted that Noralynn will need glasses in the future. She and Barnwell would also have to take special precautions to preserve the baby’s delicate skin from the sun, as albinos are more likely to acquire skin cancer.
“Two months ago, neither her father nor my family knew anything about albinism. She adds about Noralynn, “I wasn’t aware of how unpleasant it is when others gaze.” “I have to be prepared for people’s queries everywhere I go, from grocery stores to doctor’s visits,” she adds. Dunnavant says Brooklynn is her baby sister’s favorite. “Everything she does, she wants to do with her.” She can’t wait to join her on the trampoline when she’s older. ‘My sister has white hair, but it’s fine!’ she says. ‘She’s unique.’ She adores her little sister.”