BIRTHMARK HORROR: Mum thought her baby girl had cancer after she was born with a lump on her neck BIRTHMARK HORROR: Mum thought her baby girl had cancer after she was born with a lump on her neck
Little Mila was born with a birthmark on her neck that was so large it looked like a second head.     But Mila’s... BIRTHMARK HORROR: Mum thought her baby girl had cancer after she was born with a lump on her neck

Little Mila was born with a birthmark on her neck that was so large it looked like a second head.

Little Mila's congenital hemangioma was so big it "looked like a second head"

Little Mila’s congenital hemangioma was so big it “looked like a second head”

 

Paige Franks was terrifed her daughter Mia had cancer when she saw the lump on her neck

Paige Franks was terrifed her daughter Mia had cancer when she saw the lump on her neck

 

But Mila’s birthmark was not cancer at all.

Mila, now one, was born with a congenital hemangioma – or a collection of small blood vessels under the skin.

Page, 21, likened the tennis ball-sized lump to a “bag of blood” and admits she was terrified the birthmark would rupture.

The worried mum-of-two became obsessed with measuring the birthmark, which started to shrink after three months.

Now the lump has completely disappeared from Mila’s neck.

Paige, from Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire: “I thought she had cancer. You see a lump and you just assume.

“I was in bits and in tears.

“For the first few weeks I thought she was going to die. It was really scary.

“It was the size of a tennis ball. It looked really big because she was so small.

“It was like another head. One of my friends joked that it could have been a twin but obviously it wasn’t.

“However, I knew that as long as she was breathing and she was okay that is what was important.”

Mila's congenital hemangioma began to shrink after she was born

Mila’s congenital hemangioma began to shrink after she was born

 

There are three types of congenital hemangioma; rapidly involuting congenital hemangiomas (RICH), noninvoluting congenital hemangiomas (NICH) and partially involuting congenital haemangiomas (PICH).

A RICH grows while the baby is in the womb and they starts to shrink once they are born while a NICH may continue to grow after the baby is born in proportion with their growth rate.

PICH types can behave like a RICH and shrink after birth then stop at some point or one that was thought the be a NICH may shrink quicker, but it is not known why.

Mila was born with a RICH.

Paige said: “I was crying for weeks. It was a waiting game for a while because we didn’t know if it would ever go down.

“I was scared it was NICH. I was very anxious but I did my research, I discovered that if it was RICH it would start to shrink at three to five months.

 

Mila used to use the lump as a pillow and her mum, Paige, does not believe it caused her any pain

Mila used to use the lump as a pillow and her mum, Paige, does not believe it caused her any pain

 

Mila, now one, no longer has the lump on the side of her neck

Mila, now one, no longer has the lump on the side of her neck

“I just wanted her to get to that age.

“There was a lot of worry it would affect her movement but it really didn’t.

“I thought she would need surgery, it was like a bag of blood. It can be dangerous.

“She has a strong neck and could give you a solid headbutt.

“I don’t think it caused her any pain. She used it as a pillow in the night and would lie on it.

“My other child, Harvey [3], didn’t have a birth mark but I would be worried if I got pregnant again.”

Henry Okafor

  • Shaylah

    2017-06-21 #1 Author

    God bless this baby ❤

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  • Jade alleyne

    2017-06-21 #2 Author

    This is so crazy but yet interesting

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  • Davida young

    2017-06-21 #3 Author

    I’m so glad that Mila is doing great! I understand the scares that come along with parenting, especially when your baby is born with a defect or prematurely. It hurts your heart but all you can do is pray and be the best parent you can be.

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  • mayrus otalora

    2017-06-21 #4 Author

    I love this article

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  • Franchy

    2017-06-21 #5 Author

    Never seen a birthmark like this

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  • Julymar

    2017-06-21 #6 Author

    I hope he recovers soon God protects her

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  • Julia

    2017-06-21 #7 Author

    Crazy what the body can do

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  • Desiree Bland Carver

    2017-06-21 #8 Author

    That’s A Unique Birth Mark

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  • Shaquana

    2017-06-22 #9 Author

    Hope the baby is doing ok praying for the child

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  • Janet

    2017-06-22 #10 Author

    Beautiful and touching story ! ❤️

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  • Raven ancajas

    2017-06-22 #11 Author

    Godbless this baby ❤

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  • Shayla Amon

    2017-06-22 #12 Author

    Evr see anything like it god bless baby an mother

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  • Quishana

    2017-06-22 #13 Author

    Aww praying for the bby

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  • Jasmine

    2017-06-22 #14 Author

    I pray this baby heal and get better this is so sad omg 😲 I’m so upset

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  • Tsanani

    2017-06-23 #15 Author

    I hope the baby is doing okay

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  • Fortunate

    2017-06-23 #16 Author

    Interesting and touching at the same time😊

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  • Porshia

    2017-06-23 #17 Author

    Oh my god praying

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