Honey-Rae Phillips was born with a huge red birthmark running along her right leg. Realizing that the mark was attracting people’s attention, her parents decided to show to the girl that she is as normal as everyone else.
But Tanya and Adam Phillips went beyond what even the most caring parents’ would have done — they decided to cover their own legs with enormous tattoos, mimicking perfectly their 18-month-old daughter’s disfiguring birthmark.
So the devoted parents paid $120 for the procedure and their “beautiful” daughter is delighted.
1. Honey-Rae Phillips (center) was born with a harmless but disfiguring strawberry birthmark — so to show she is just like everyone else, her parents have each had tattoos of the same blotches (left and right).
The couple, from Grimsby, England, were devastated when they first saw their baby, after she was born in 2013.
Although her bright red birthmark is harmless, the parents were afraid that the skin blotches, which affect one in ten children, might harm Honey-Rae’s self-confidence, as she grew up.
Then just a year after she was born, Mrs. Phillips was horrified to see pensioners pointing at her daughter and whispering to each other.
So she decided it was time for decisive measures and on Christmas she paid for the tattoo on her husband’s leg. Mr. Phillips then returned the favor ahead of her 40th birthday this week.
2. Father Adam Phillips and his wife Tanya constantly tell Honey-Rae (left) that she is beautiful.
Mrs. Phillips told The Daily Mirror‘s Michelle Rawlins:
Adam and I decided straight away that we wanted Honey-Rae to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by.
From the moment she was born, we told Honey-Rae she was beautiful and constantly covered her in kisses.
3. Mrs. Phillips already had a tattoo on her right leg, but has added to what she had before.
Some people will says it odd and think what we’ve done is quite extreme, but in our eyes all we have done is ensure Honey-Rae never feels different. Mummy and Daddy now have the same permanent markings as she does.
The two already had tattoos on their legs, but none of them was nearly as extreme as the imitation birthmarks.
Now that her parents got their red tattoos, Honey-Rae couldn’t be happier. She even points at them and yells “match!”.
4. Honey-Rae’s birthmark, pictured, is harmless but caused strangers to whisper at a shop checkout.
Such strawberry birthmarks, known medically as hemangiomas, are benign tumors that are characterized by an abnormal cluster of blood vessels just under the skin. They can vary hugely in size.
Most hemangiomas are harmless and do not need treatment. Some types fade over time while others remain on the skin permanently.
Birthmarks sometimes need to be treated if they develop into ulcers or block the airways, but people usually have them removed for cosmetic reasons.
5. Known medically as hemangiomas, strawberry birthmarks are an abnormal cluster of blood vessels just under the skin. They affect one in ten babies but most of the time they are completely harmless.
Source: The Daily Mirror.
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