When Luna Fenner was born in March 2019, her parents were overjoyed to welcome their first child into the world. However, their joy was short-lived when they noticed a large birthmark on her face, shaped like Batman’s mask. The congenital melanocytic nevus was rare and unusual, leaving her parents feeling worried and helpless.
The Fenners soon discovered that Luna’s birthmark was not just a cosmetic concern but also posed potential health risks. The large birthmark was a result of an anomaly during embryogenesis, which occurs when skin cells grow abnormally during fetal development. The birthmark was not only painful for Luna but also brought unwanted attention and scrutiny from others.
“People have often remarked that she is ugly and contagious,” her mother shares, “but she is the most lovely, authentic, and beautiful thing in our life!” She adds while crying.
Luna’s parents were determined to find a way to help their daughter. However, the cost of treatment was overwhelming, and they could not afford the necessary surgeries. That’s when a miracle happened. People from all over the world responded to their plea for help, and Luna and her mother were able to travel to Krasnodar, Russia, where a team of skilled oncologists performed surgery on Luna.
Luna underwent eight surgeries, including laser and skin grafting, and finally had her last operation in October. Despite the risks and complications of surgery, Luna handled all the treatments well and was up and running just a few hours after receiving anesthesia. While she will need a few more cosmetic treatments to smooth out her scars, Luna is expected to make a full recovery.