Some babies are born with unique features which can often fascinate people.
A newborn called Luna Tavares-Fenner caused that exact reaction with her “Batman birthmark”.
However, Luna has begun to receive a lot of attention recently.
Scroll down to find out exactly why….
Following high-tech surgery the young girl was able to remove her birthmark.. now the two year old can’t stop smiling at herself.
Luna Tavares-Fenne, from Florida, is a happy child who loves laughing, eating, and bouncing around.
Unfortunately, she was born with a very rare skin condition called congenital melanocytic nevus, which has affected not only her both also her parents.
Carol Fenner, her mother was “shocked” when she gave birth to her daughter. Once she spotted the covering her little girl’s face, she was shocked. Luna’s black mark covered most of her face, which made her look like she was wearing a Batman mask.
It’s easy to see why Carol was so shocked, as her last ultrasound never revealed anything abnormal.
“I’m used to it now, but then I was just shocked,” Carol explained.
Doctors weren’t even sure what the dark patch was which required Luna to be hospitalized for six days while doctors ran tests.
Following their research, doctors recommended surgery as they concluded the birthmark could pose to be dangerous in the future with risks of skin cancer being high.
Carol really wanted to remove her daughter’s “Batman mask” – but at least six wearing surgeries would be needed. There was also another major problem: each surgery would cost around $40,000.
It was a difficult time for her parents as her mother frantically searched for treatment.
“We saw a lot of doctors. We went to Boston, Chicago and New York trying to find a better result,” Carol said.
Carol aimed to have the surgery done before Luna started school, in order to avoid the possibility of her daughter being teased. Luna experienced negative comments from people who were unable to accept how different she looked.
Rather than hide her daughters situation, Carol decided to share Luna’s story to spread awareness about the disease. She created an Instagram page where people could get an insight into the family’s everyday life.
Doctors all around the world including a famous one in Russia became very familiar with Luna as her story gained international attention.
Surgeon-oncologist Dr. Pavel Borisovich Popov contacted Carol and offered to carry out a treatment that wasn’t available in the United States, when he heard about Luna’s situation.
However the photodynamic therapy, was expensive so the family asked the public for help. Luna’s family created a fundraiser and raised $70,000.
“Everybody thinks I’m crazy to go to Russia, but I have done a lot of research and gained advice from several doctors and I really think that this is the best option for Luna right now,” Carol explained.
Carol and Luna have been traveling to Russia to run tests and start her treatment. Despite the pandemic, the family has been able to travel to the clinic in Krasnodar. All operations have been successful so far.
Even Dr. Pavel Borisovich Popov is satisfied with the result.
”We only had six operations to remove the nevus and have succeeded in making it disappear,” Dr. Popov explained: Luna who started speaking said: ‘My black spot has gone. I am a princess’.”
Dr. Popov, said: “We are letting Luna rest from the treatment she has undergone and then we will undertake the aesthetic surgeries. Later we aim to make sure Luna will not have any complexes when she comes to the age where she is concerned about her appearance,” Dr. Popov explains.
Luna is a courageous girl who has taken on all treatments with a smile and an inspiring braveness.
“I don’t regret at all having the treatment here. Luna doesn’t feel the pain. She dances a few hours after the surgery,” Carol remarked.
The family are ready to show the world what Luna looks like now, everyone will agree that there is a big difference
The results look fantastic and her parents are delighted that she was able to have the procedure. The family flew to Brazil to celebrate Christmas recently.
In Brazil, Luna will get to meet with other family members. While there she will recover before heading back to Russia for more treatments next year. I’m wishing this little princess nothing but love, health, and happiness!