‘Best Christmas present’: ‘Batman mask’ baby’s mother after challenging operation – INTERVIEW

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8 month old Floridian Luna Fenner has undergone the most difficult part of her treatment in Russia’s Krasnodar to remove a rare facial skin condition. Ruptly asked her mother Carol and surgeon Dr Popov about the progress.

The tireless mom, who had been told by her friends and family that she would be “crazy” to travel to Russia, did so anyway after discovering that American doctors do not currently have the technology needed to remove her daughter’s mask-like birthmark in time for school. Carol’s greatest concern was that Luna would be bullied – and she’s already experienced some negative reactions to her child’s condition, known as giant congenital nevus.

Fortunately for Luna, the first – and the most challenging – part of her treatment has been a resounding success, according to Russian surgeon Dr Pavel Popov, who operated on the baby’s eyelids and forehead. “The hardest part in treating nevus is removing them from eyelids, so operating on ciliary margin is the hardest of the hardest,” Popov said, adding that they also cleared some of the “easiest” areas as part of phase one – and in both cases, the skin is expected to look “natural.”

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