Every baby is special and unique. No matter what form they come to the world with, no matter the complexion or features, they will always be cute and that’s what makes them unique.
Luna Tavares-Fenner came to the world with a unique feature that leaves heads turning each time she’s seen. Her appearance from the point of delivery has always fascinated people and gave rise to people calling her the baby with the “Batman birthmark”.
She seems to be getting a lot of attention because of the mark and had to undergo surgery to remove it. I can’t say she looks any better, all I can say is she looks so stunning than ever.
Luna was born like every other baby two years ago and she has always been a lovely and lively child. She’s a happy child who loves eating and bouncing around.
Luna was born with a congenital melanocytic nevus and it didn’t leave her and her family unaffected. Luna’s mom, Carol Fenner didn’t know how to feel when she saw the dark patches on her baby’s face and was so shocked and afraid.
The dark patches covered a large portion of her face leaving a shape like Batman’s mask. “I’m used to it now, but then I was just shocked,” Carol told WPLG in 2019. At first, she was shocked about it because the ultrasound wasn’t indifferent. She always thought she was going to have a normal baby and was concerned about why her daughter was born differently.
The doctors were having a hard time finding out what the dark patches were until 4 days after Luna was born.
Luna spent six days in the hospital under the care of doctors and they were able to discover that birthmark could expose her to health risks in the future.
She will be prone to skin cancer, amidst other diseases and they suggested surgery. Each surgery could cost $40,000 and that was the problem. She was speculated to go through six surgeries to get the birthmark removed.
Luna’s parents had to start looking for a means to save their daughter as they were having a hard time raising the money. “We saw a lot of doctors. We went to Boston, Chicago and New York trying to find a better result,” Carol said.
They wanted to get it done before Luna starts schooling to stop the possibilities of others teasing her because of her looks. No matter how they tried, they were people who still didn’t let the little girl go, always pointing out she was born differently.
Carol decided to create an Instagram page aimed at raising awareness for her daughter’s condition. It didn’t take long before a surgeon-oncologist Dr. Pavel Borisovich Popov contacted Carol and offered to help the family.
Luna’s family created a fundraiser for the photodynamic therapy which cost $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 told SWNS in 2019.
Thankfully, the operation was a huge success. ”We only had six operations to remove the nevus and have succeeded in making it disappear,” Dr. Popov told East2West News and continued:
”Luna has already started speaking and she says herself: ‘My black spot has gone. I am a princess’.” According to Dr. Popov, Luna still has to undergo other treatments to ensure her safety later on in life. “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. Everyone is happy that everything is going right and Luna seems to be stronger than she looks, amidst all that she has been through, she still has a smile on her face.
“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 says, according to The Daily Mail. Looking at the recent pictures of Luna she looks so happy and brave. We wish her all the best.