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John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-06-30

Glad to see SOMEBODY'S getting decent health care!

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

Baby Nicholas celebrated his birthday by blinking, rolling his eyes, and staring vacantly at nothing.

catpenis27 - 2012-07-02

He could be the President one day. Or an astronaut. Or a cowboy, fireman, doesn't really matter. Never give up hope on a hero.

Caminante Nocturno - 2012-07-01

5 stars for the preload image alone.

SolRo - 2012-07-01

It has its mother's brain

Hooker - 2012-07-01

So it's confirmed? Being born without a brain is a condition that can worsen as you age? There are some vegetables that owe me an apology.

urbanelf - 2012-07-01

The 2nd seal has broken...

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

No matter how stupid and allegedly responsible (according to the comments) they may be, my heart goes out to the family, but those TV news scumbags should burn in hell.

Kabbage - 2012-07-01

Fucking horrifying beyond words.

Kabbage - 2012-07-01

holy fucking shit why why why

Kabbage - 2012-07-01

jesus fucking christ

Billy the Poet - 2012-07-01

A recent study has concluded that 52,000 Americans have died for lack of health insurance in the 730 days since that thing first drew breath.

memedumpster - 2012-07-01

To be fair, that's not a brainless baby's fault, that's the fault of the fully brained American voter.

The Mothership - 2012-07-01

holy fucking shit why why why indeed.

Corpus Delectable - 2012-07-01

Googling "Anencephaly" and going to the wikipedia page will scar you for life. Not recommended.

Nonetheless, I have learned that this story is exactly as creepy as it sounds. That is a surviving human infant's body, but without a brain, sustained by its reptilian brain stem.

Seriously, though. You cannot unsee the images on that wikipedia page.

Okay, fine. You're going to go. Just remember that I'm exactly the kind of person who loves to tell you "I told you so."

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

Not going, honest.

urbanelf - 2012-07-01

What's the big deal? I've seen pictures of frogs before.

The Mothership - 2012-07-01

I've seen worse, yo.

Siebenstein - 2012-07-01

PoeTV has taught me that when people on here say don't go, they mean it most of the time. So I'm not going.

I'm not even watching the video, the pre-load was enough for me.

memedumpster - 2012-07-01

If you ever wondered what the alien cop from Space Precinct looked like as a baby... go.

dead_cat - 2012-07-01

Upon coming of age, he will follow his destiny and go into politics.

Aelric - 2012-07-01


John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

He's taken a turn for the worse, thank god. "A miracle many times over".

big pincers - 2012-07-01

I am pretty sure grandma was WinterRose. It looked a lot like her, but older.... where's her Gentil Parfait??

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

The comfort of the the mother? Seriously?

If the rumors in the comments of drug use by the mother are true, the mother may see the child's life as her punishment from God.

If this child's life is any comfort to the mother, I don't really have a problem with that, since human suffering requires a brain. I mean, it's not the brainless baby's fault that that so many people with brains can't get health care at all. But I think the mother is secretly waiting to be released, and probably feeling guilty about that.

However, I also believe that if she had broken down and said to the reporter. "I can't wait for him to die". These fucks would have just edited it out of their optimistic story about about Little Nicholas "beating the odds".

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

misplaced reply, should be one down.

big pincers - 2012-07-04

Fair Grandmere Rose accepts your apology

American Standard - 2012-07-01

1) Born with horrific deformity, which one, if theist, must assume was created and approved of by deity/deities of choice
2) Kept alive solely for the comfort of the mother by the relentless will of hard medical science
3) Time passes, from hours to years
4) Declared "miracle," mother's deity/deities of choice thanked
4) Repeat

SolRo - 2012-07-01

#2 is impossible, had to be aliens.

jangbones - 2012-07-01

don't forget the devil, theists love to forget that their deity created whichever devil figure they believe in so they can dump all their hatred on somebody besides the object of their adoration (ie themselves)

Cube - 2012-07-01

The dangers of doing Coke.

cognitivedissonance - 2012-07-01

brain brain

chairsforcheap - 2012-07-01

definitely fiving the title as well

cognitivedissonance - 2012-07-01

It is the cruelest name you could give a child with no brain.

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-07-01

Its like there's an extra brain somewhere that should've been in his head.

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-07-01

and it just blew out the candles on its brain birthday cake.

Spaceman Africa - 2012-07-01


CuteLucca - 2012-07-01

For Ever on the cake

SteamPoweredKleenex - 2012-07-01

Imagine having that in your house, every day. I'm thinking Stephen King horror novel, but I can't decide if the baby or the mother would turn out to be the monster.

And can't someone ever point out to these idiots that they seem to treasure misfortune, death, and disaster as "miraculous?" If a child survived a tornado that destroyed the rest of the town and killed everyone but him, how is that a miracle? If one thinks that somehow God was involved, it's less of a "little Billy is a miracle" and more of a "instead of a quick death for this one, I'll just scar him forever with survivor's guilt and being an orphan."

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

"Incredibly, he seems to know when his mother is holding him".

"Incredibly" is exactly the right word here. Remember when Terri Schiavo was tracking people with her eyes?

Watching this a second time, I can't be angry at anyone, not even the news crew. Leaving religion aside, it's generally a good thing when families take care of disabled children, and it's generally a good thing when sick children live longer than expected. These people are all having a problem living with ethics and expectations that are designed for the vast majority, the people with brains, even a few with not very good ones.

Objectively, the best thing to do would be take the reptile baby out behind the garage and shoot it, or throw it off a cliff or leave it out on a rock, or run the tractor over it. Etc. It has brain; it's not going to know the difference.

But that's illegal, and it's also a dangerous precedent that could seep back into the larger world of brained individuals. As fucked up as this is, maybe it's not all that bad. He's not going to last long, and if they're taking him camping, he can't be that much of a hardship.

And maybe I'm the deluded one for wanting desperately to believe that, when your child is born without a brain, and yet somehow a viable organism, there's a better way to handle it than just thanking the Lord and having a birthday party.

CrimsonHyperSloth - 2012-07-01

That always drives me nut.

I just KNOW God intervened to save my child during that plane crash!

So he personal took a break from his busy day to save your child, but figured, "Well I saved one, fuck the other 300 people on this plane. My microwave burrito is done, let them slam into the ground at 700 mph, I'm sure a few will be okay."

Unmerciful Crushing Force - 2012-07-01

My stars are all for Mothefucker who said it better than I ever could and takewithfood who just slammed out of the park. A little empathy doesn't hurt people. It may even help them.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

It's probably madness to judge other people's religious beliefs, but if you must, judge them by how they allow a person to navigate a difficult and terrifying life with strength and humanity, not by whether they make logical sense to you. Logically, everybody else's religious beliefs are crazy to me; my own are under construction.

If your atheist religious beliefs are causing you to be annoyed at people who are trying to live through an incomprehensible tragedy...

dot dot dot

dead_cat - 2012-07-01

"atheist religious beliefs"

memedumpster - 2012-07-01

What does this have to do with their religion? Christianity would have called this baby a demon, blamed homosexuals, and had it murdered. What the mother is doing instead is acting like a human maternal animal, which is far better.

You know, like that video of the leopard trying to care for the monkey baby?

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

Religious means, among other things "of, pertaining to, or concerned with religion:" Atheism is not a religion, but it is a religious belief. The distinction is real.

>>"Christianity would have called this baby a demon, blamed homosexuals, and had it murdered.

Because they're all close-minded bigots, right? I think I just had an ironygasm.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-02

I really hope I'm done with this discussion.

boner - 2012-07-01

Isn't this child technically dead already? Is it ethical to prescribe drugs that keep its legs kicking?

Koda Maja - 2012-07-01

and yet I'm sure if the family just let the thing die so they can move on with their lives, they'd be looked at by some as monsters, and maybe even be looking at legal ramifications.

Cena_mark - 2012-07-01

Nobody made an Oz reference yet? Because this baby is like that character from the Wizard of Oz who didn't have a brain. He can't even sing and dance about how brainless he is.

heyitslozeau - 2012-07-01

See ladies? Drink when you're pregnant, and throw some meth in there too. God will give you a cute brainless baby.

Nikon - 2012-07-01


takewithfood - 2012-07-01

I actually had a cousin with this condition, only he had a fully formed membrane, so his head was the correct size and shape - just filled with fluid. It was intensely creepy when you thought about it, but looking at him it was so easy to see a normal child.

He was about a year old when I first met him, and I was only a kid, too. He was still basically a baby in size and shape, and he'd open his eyes, giggle if someone tickled him, snore when he "fell asleep" (ie, relaxed and closed his eyes for long periods of time), and I think he grabbed on to things like fingers and clothing and hair the way babies usually do. However I don't think he could tell people apart, even reflexively, and he had to be fed with a noisy pump and was hooked up to this little collar around his neck that monitored if he was swallowing properly, as he was constantly at risk of choking to death on his own saliva. Did I mention that he drooled a lot? But he couldn't cry, so that's something I guess?

It was incredibly surreal being around him. His parents were heavily in denial about him; they read all sorts of things into the most random behaviour, whereas I still have difficulty using personal pronouns when discussing him, instead of "it". Most people said that he was "sweet", but really he was just kind of there. Reflexively you find him kind of cute, as he's still an adorable baby on the outside, but you have to force yourself to remember that there isn't anyone home, that all the assumptions that have always gone along with every cute baby you've ever met do not apply to him. It's easy to just ignore that uncomfortable fact, until he accidentally looks directly into your eyes. Then you realize that you're constantly aware of the creepy on some level or another.

The creepiest shit is that he was also named Nicholas. O_O I wish I was making this up.

He died along with his parents in a car accident; its most likely that the father fell asleep while driving, as they were constantly exhausted. He had an older brother who was around 4 or something at the time who survived without a scratch, who lives with his grandparents now. Everyone in the family was semi-secretly thankful that he was the one who survived, as he was the only one who had a chance at a normal life in the aftermath. I feel weird typing all of this because the subject is very taboo in my family now, even after about two decades. So glad that nobody ever picked up the story.

My high school science teachers were very surprised at how much I knew about the function of the brain stem when the subject came up in class.

ItsAboutTime - 2012-07-01

Damn thanks for that post..!

CrimsonHyperSloth - 2012-07-01

I grew up with so many mundane people, or excellent secret keepers, that I forget how common stuff like this. Thanks for posting that, I hope your family can one day talk about it.

TimidAres - 2012-07-01

Come for the videos, stay for the sobering life stories.

chairsforcheap - 2012-07-01

that was amazing, cheers, friend

Jet Bin Fever - 2012-07-01

I really enjoyed that. Thanks.

Billy the Poet - 2012-07-01

I don't mean to make light, but that whole thing could be the premise of a horror movie. Thanks for sharing.

memedumpster - 2012-07-01

Sometimes it's just easier to share these kinds of stories with flint-hearted cold cynical strangers. poeTV knows more about my family than my close friends.

spiteful crow - 2012-07-02

Five stars for you, I can't bring myself to watch the actual video. Too depressing.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

>>Everyone in the family was semi-secretly thankful that he was the one who survived, as he was the only one who had a chance at a normal life in the aftermath.

It's a miracle!

Dread Pirate Roberts - 2012-07-01

God created the whole situation to temper the 4 year old into being a better person. Wasted three lives in the process. CELEBRATE GOD!

Fuck religion.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

You understand that I was being ironic, and no one was actually asserting that?

I'm not clear who you're getting mad at.

dairyqueenlatifah - 2012-07-01

Part way in, I thought of The Wizard of Oz and began snickering.

I am so going to hell.

StanleyPain - 2012-07-01

I like how modern Christians have such amazingly low expectations for what qualifies as a "miracle." A baby born with a crippling deformity is a "miracle."
No, the "miracle" would be a baby born without a brain growing a brain and then turning normal.

You keep on using that word. I do not think it means what you think it means.

spikestoyiu - 2012-07-01

Seriously. If we keep the lowering the bar for what constitutes a "miracle", I should be on track to out-miracle Jesus in no time.

garcet71283 - 2012-07-01

Actually amazed by the amount of hate going out on this one. Can't we all just appreciate a medical curiosity while it is still alive?

That being said, future swing voter here everyone.

John Holmes Motherfucker - 2012-07-01

Just out of curiosity, Let's have a look.


1.an effect or extraordinary event in the physical world that surpasses all known human or natural powers and is ascribed to a supernatural cause.

2.such an effect or event manifesting or considered as a work of God.

3.a wonder; marvel.

4.a wonderful or surpassing example of some quality: a miracle of modern acoustics.

5.miracle play.

I think that a baby living without a brain long after we was expected to die qualifies under

3.A wonder, a marvel.

Not a very high threshold, actually. TV news miracles aren't really the same as Vatican miracles.

Architeuthis Tux - 2012-07-01

In case your warmed heart starts cooling once the video has unspooled, this one should keep you warmed for a good long time.


SixDigitDebt - 2012-07-01

We can rebuild him. We have the technology.

delicatessen - 2012-07-01

We used the brain that belonged to Abby Normal

RomeoGunn - 2012-07-01

I refuse to believe this isn't fake, zombie baby and John Romero the reporter? This has to be some kind of really fucked up viral marketing.

Rosebeekee - 2012-07-03

So how many functioning, but sick and dying children are out there waiting for organ transplants?

mouser - 2012-07-03

That kid is like a zombie repellant. We should breed them.

The Head of John the Baptist - 2012-07-13

I wonder if the mom brought the little miracle to the tattoo parlor when she got that stupid nautical star done on her collarbone.

Hekmatyar - 2012-07-18

This type of news coverage is brainless.

Bort - 2015-02-24

Nicholas died on October 31, 2012.

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