Okay, let’s all be honest for a second: newborn babies are goofy looking, right? Now, that does not mean they are not the most precious of gifts, and that there is not something cute about their pruney little faces and freakishly small hands and feet, coupled with their giant dome heads.
No, dear readers, babies are adorable, they just are not very good looking. But we just found a story about a grandmother who was so taken aback by her new grandchild, she actually tried to return it to the hospital. This story almost sounds like the setup to one of Rodney Dangerfield’s gags, but it really happened.
Dateline: Colombia. A woman so offended by her new grandchild she tries to return it to the hospital.
According to the tabloid The Daily Mail, an elderly Colombian woman stormed into a clinic in Santa Marta and demanded that they take her grandchild back.
The woman claims that no member of her family could be so ugly and that the hospital staff clearly switched another family’s child with her own.
Speaking with The Daily Mail, health secretary Carlos Pallares said “The grandmother was not very happy. She did not identify the baby as a new member of the family and therefore she decided to come back to the clinic along with the mother of the baby to return him.”
Of course, the staff denies screwing things up and told the grandmother that hers was the only male child born that day at the hospital.
Secretary Pallares also said the woman must learn to accept her grandson, regardless of how he looks. “The situation should be accepted. Sometimes biology, genetics play a role in these mistakes and we should accept them.”
After hospital staff gave the baby boy another quick checkup to make sure everything was fine, they gave the child back to his mother and anxious grandmother and sent them on their way.
A city council spokesperson, Chadan Rosado spoke to the media about the incident saying that the grandmother has a history of psychological issues and has been in treatment. Rosado also admonished the public not to treat the old woman too harshly.
And now, we present you with a smattering of wisdom from the internet, as people have commented on this story, saying things like:
“Often, newborn babies are NOT pretty. I’ve seen some pretty pathetic looking ones turn out to be quite nice looking. I think those two women’s reactions were a bit extreme. I hope the child never hears about this.”
“A kid is a kid! I mean, that baby could turn out to be the next president! Or the next best selling author, or the next worldwide singer, or he/she could change the world! And these two women are going to have to live with the fact that they returned the baby because he/she was too ‘ugly to be part of my family!’ Grow up and care and love for this baby.”
“My mother thought I was ugly…”
“she is ugly, not the baby.”
So, can you remember what your kids looked like when they were squinty eyed and bald newborns? Tell us how amazing they are now, here.