A two-year-old Oliver look like a little angel as he was born with a rare skin condition that makes him look like he has feathered wings across his back, Fenstanton, Cambridgeshire, UK.
Oliver’s parents Matt and Stephanie Brown were stunned when they saw weird birthmarks on their baby’s back. The boy was diagnosed with Congenital Melanocytic Naevi – a type of melanocytic nevus found in infants at birth ,that occurs in an estimated 1% of infants worldwide.
The unusual mark runs half way down his spine from his hairline and across his shoulder blades. Oliver should visit doctors at least every three months as such large marks increase the risk of the most aggressive forms of skin cancer. Despite the diagnosis Oliver is likely to live a full and healthy life.
Speaking about her son’s conditins Mrs Brown says, “Oliver is one of the fortunate ones. Some children are riddled with moles and even get them on their eyelids. He actually has his on the top half of his back so it looks like wings. There can be lots of questions because it comes up to the nape of his neck and so is visible.
As he gets older we would hope he can accept himself for who he is. We have all got these bits of ourselves that we do not like and we have to accept them. He is wonderful the way he is and I’m sure in the dark times he will realise this. He is lucky in the sense he is such a cutie pop, everyone seems to think so, and I think people will overlook his condition.”
In children with CMN the cancer is 10 times more aggressive and it’s untreatable once it reaches the brain. The latest research has found the cause of 80 per cent of CMN cases and it’s caused by a mutated gene which develops as the baby is in the womb. This is why it’s so important to give babies MRI scans at birth and regularly to keep an eye on it in case it spreads.