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Madonna and Child by jflaxman Madonna and Child by jflaxman

Cyclopia is a rare birth defect that occurs when the brain fails to properly divide into two hemispheres. This also results in one optical nerve and one eye in a central socket, though occasionally those afflicted are born with two fused eyes instead. The nose is either absent or manifests as a boneless proboscis above the eye socket. In some cases the mouth is absent and the ears are closely placed beneath the single eye as well.

 

This condition is always fatal; babies are usually stillborn or die soon after delivery. Like other severe genetic disorders, it poses some interesting questions to those who claim all human suffering stems from our misuse of free will, or who attest to the existence of an all-knowing, all-powerful and entirely benevolent god. I need not state my own beliefs. This image alone should be enough.

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:iconexpressyourpic:
 these images are impressive..maybe you are inspired by your dreams..
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DumpsterKid Nov 12, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
terrific job on all of it like always, but I especially like her face.
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FollowinTheBlackBird Nov 11, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
There are those who'd say God only got the ball rolling and after that had little to no control of what happened afterwards but could only stand by as powerless as we ourselves and be horrified.
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Phronemophobiaa Nov 8, 2013  Student Traditional Artist
I like the colors, and that defect :meow:
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Made the horrible mistake of Google'ing this defect :I
Not like I wanted to sleep tonight anyway
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lekiscool Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist General Artist
Woah this has intense back story. Bravo!
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The image itself does indeed explain what you also wrote... well done.
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Fradga Nov 7, 2013  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
In a strange and unorthodox way, this is a beautiful picture. This is a very accurate description of real grieve that can flip into blind rage at everyone or everything any time. 
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I know the feeling all too well. I was in a pretty dark place when I started this, but finishing it was very cathartic.
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BridgettStrychnine Nov 7, 2013  Professional General Artist
This is an incredible work of art. Enjoyed very much!
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