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.

This beautiful baby boy who beat the odds for so long is now resting in peace

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