The mother of a girl with purple birthmarks revealed that she had hidden her daughter from strangers for six weeks after her birth.
Sara Farrow, 27, was afraid of people who saw Lacey-Dee Barrett in public because of the cravings that covered most of her body.
Strange cruel strangers claim that birthmarks, caused by blood vessels that have not developed properly in the uterus, make the nine-month-old baby look “sick”.
The other frightened people thought she was a bad parent and that she was to blame for her daughter’s port wine stains, Ms. Farrow covered her daughter’s brightly colored skin for the first six weeks of her life.
And when she posted photos of Lacey-Dee on Instagram, Ms. Farrow, of Lincoln, said that she used filters to mask her daughter’s true skin color.
She said she only changed her habits when she worried that Lacey-Dee would later look back at her baby girl’s photos and ask her mother if she was embarrassed for her.
The mother of a girl with “purple” birthmarks said she hid it from strangers for six weeks after her birth, even using filters in social media photos
Sara Farrow, 27, of Lincoln, was afraid of people who saw her newborn Lacey-Dee Barrett in public because of the desire that covered 90% of her body
It was caused by the abnormal development of her blood vessels during pregnancy and Mrs. Farrow was afraid that people would choose her daughter
But even when she published photos showing what Lacey-Dee looked like, Farrow claimed that strangers told her that her daughter looked “sick” and “contagious”.
Farrow said: ‘Until she was six weeks old, I covered her every time we went out in public.
‘Like his mother I obviously don’t care about his appearance but I was scared of what others would think.
‘When she was born the first time she was very red and seemed bruised. I have had people saying many things when we are out.
So for the first six weeks of her life, single mother Farrow covered her daughter’s brightly colored skin and hid it from strangers
And when she posted Lacey-Dee photos on Instagram, Ms. Farrow said she used filters to mask her daughter’s true skin color
Farrow said she only changed her habits when she worried that Lacey-Dee would later look back at her photos of the baby and ask her mother if she was embarrassed about her.
But even when she published photos showing what Lacey-Dee looked like, Farrow claimed that strangers told her that her daughter looked “sick” and “contagious”
‘I was afraid of what people would think of me as a mom. People said she looks sick and asked what’s wrong with her face.
“One person asked” is allergic to the detergent I use “and people think there is something really wrong with her.”
Farrow added that his daughter was “absolutely unique” and “just as she is” and that it would be “strange” to see Lacy-Dee without her birthmarks.
Lacey-Dee was born in Lincoln County Hospital in April. Farrow said he understood immediately that something was different.
Her daughter had darker patches on her chest and doctors thought it may have been bruising.
Farrow said, “Until she was six weeks old, I covered her every time we went out in public.”
Lacey-Dee was born at Lincoln County Hospital in April and Farrow said she immediately understood that something was different
He had darker patches on his chest and doctors thought it might have been bruising
Within hours, a birthmark appeared on the surface of Lacey-Dee’s skin and Ms. Farrow initially stated that it was “difficult to reckon”.
Farrow, a former retail saleswoman, said: “At first it was just on his chest and we thought it might be bruised.
‘But after a couple of hours his whole body turned purple and blue.
“To be honest it was a real shock and I was really worried because the doctors weren’t sure what was wrong.”
She was referred to specialists and diagnosed with port wine stains in October last year.
A port wine stain, sometimes referred to as capillary malformation, is a birthmark caused by blood vessels that have not developed properly.
Three out of 1,000 babies in the UK are born with port wine stains, which occur during pregnancy. The data for the United States are unclear.
Within hours, the birthmark appeared fully on the surface of Lacey-Dee’s skin and Sara initially said it was “difficult to reckon with”
Farrow said he covered all of his daughter’s skin with baby blankets, long-sleeved clothes or hiding it in his stroller
The birthmark has no other side effects and Farrow claimed that Lacey-Dee is a “very happy” child
It usually appears only on a limb or on an area of the body.
Farrow said he covered all of his daughter’s skin with baby blankets, long-sleeved clothes or hid it in his stroller.
“I just thought” oh god “and it was difficult for me to do the math,” he said. ‘I was very worried about his face and I’m afraid of his future.
‘But it got to the point where I didn’t want him to look back at the photos of the kids and see that I wasn’t sure enough or was embarrassed.
‘I had to be brave for his own good as much as mine. I had to come to terms with it. I’m worried about when he goes to school. I don’t want to be called names or bullied.
Farrow said that when she is outside and on her faces she has to explain the discolouration of her daughter
Lacey-Dee will be evaluated by specialists next month to see if it is eligible for color correction treatment
Farrow said his daughter’s urge doesn’t “change who he is”
The birthmark has no other side effects and Farrow has claimed that Lacey-Dee is a “very happy” child.
But he said that when he is outside and on his faces he must explain the discoloration of his daughter.
He said: ‘We went to the family doctor and a receptionist said it should have been kept in another room away from the children playing in the waiting room in case it was contagious.
‘It makes me feel bad, but regardless of the desire, it doesn’t change who it is.
“We have seen so many dermatologists and everyone has said that this is the most extensive case of port wine stains they have seen.”
Lacey-Dee will be evaluated by specialists next month to see if it is eligible for color correction treatment.
WHAT IS A WINE MACHINE IN PORT?
A port wine stain is a birthmark caused by the excessive development of blood vessels under the skin.
The change in the blood vessels is caused by a genetic mutation that occurs before a baby is born and will remain for the rest of a person’s life, although the severity of them differs between people.
The port wine stains begin as a flat red or purple sign and, over time, they can become more raised, more voluminous and darker in color.
They can occur anywhere on the body, but 65% of them appear on a person’s head or neck.
About three out of 1,000 children have a port wine stain and are more common in girls than in boys, although the reason for this is unknown.
The treatment usually involves a laser treatment to remove part of the dark color from the mark or camouflage the discoloration using a special type of makeup.
Source: Great Ormond Street Hospital