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By Shelby Lin Erdman, Cox Media Group National Content Desk

An Alabama toddler, who beat the odds for two years, succumbed to a rare and deadly condition this weekend.

Eli Thompson died Saturday night at a medical center in Mobile, his father Jeremy Finch told

Finch described his son as “very, very bright and happy, always smiling and giving everybody fist bumps.”

A heartbroken Finch told, “He touched a lot of people’s lives.”

“A lot of people cared about him,” he said.

Eli, who had just turned 2 in March, was born with a rare facial abnormality called arrhinia, which means he was born without a nose, a condition so rare that it only affects one in 197 million births, reported.

Funeral arrangements are pending.