Thousands raised for deformed baby abandoned by family and called ‘devil spawn’

Thousands of pounds have been raised to help a deformed baby boy born with a rare condition and labelled “devil spawn” by his twisted dad.

Mum Bajeneza Liberata gave birth to the child in Rwanda, central Africa, and is desperately seeking medical care.

Her son appears to be in a lot of pain – but was offered no medical support by doctors.

The dad insisted he had no responsibility and called his son the devil’s spawn – abandoning Bajeneza in the city she gave birth in.

After several days, a good samaritan eventually drove she and the child back to their village.

A GoFundMe page has since been set up, which is raising money to send Bajeneza and her child abroad for treatment.

More than £58,000 has already been donated, with one user giving nearly £1,300.

One person posted: “Strong woman, hopefully her love will spread and cause miracles in that part of world and everywhere her son becomes known.”

Another said: “I pray this baby gets treatment soon and gets comfort, he and his mother deserve the best!”

A third added: “Seeing this baby cry and his tears breaks my heart.

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“I’m praying for the needed medical help and treatment.”

One woman online claimed to recognise the condition, and suggested it could be cloverleaf deformity – otherwise known as Pfeiffer syndrome.

It occurs when joint [sutures] between a baby’s skull bones fuse before birth.

Three are three different types, with the first resulting in “mild effects”, including “broad thumbs and “big toes”.

The NHS states: “Type 2 and 3 are much more severe. Many sutures are affected and the head-shape and the face are very abnormal.

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“The skull is short from front to back and very tall (turricephalic). The face can be quite set back and the eyes protruding.

“The difference between Type 2 and 3 is that in Type 2 there is also hydrocephalus and this pushes the skull into the shape (when seen from in front) of a cloverleaf – the cloverleaf skull.”

Depending on the severity of the condition, re-shaping surgery may be required – often within the first years of life.

Many of those born with the syndrome are left with “learning disabilities” and “long term airway and feeding problems”.

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