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MOBILE, Ala. – Eli Thompson, the famed baby born without a nose, died Saturday evening according to our news partner

The child’s family says he died around 10:40 PM at Springhill Medical Center in Mobile.

Eli was “very, very bright and happy, always smiling and giving everybody fist bumps,” Finch told in a phone interview Sunday morning.

“He touched a lot of people’s lives. A lot of people cared for him.” Finch said.

Eli learned how to use baby sign language and was beginning speech therapy at home with a speaking valve. His favorite word was “cookie”.

Eli’s condition was medically known as Arhinia, a rare facial anomaly which affects one in 197 million births.

For information on Eli’s GoFundMe click here.

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