When a South Carolina mom saw her daughter for the first time, she was surprised to see a striking white patch of hair right above her forehead. It was the same rare birthmark the mother was born with, and she remembered inheriting it from her baby's grandmother.
Do you have a birthmark? Some people have non-evident birthmarks that usually remain hidden under their clothes. People around them don't notice their birthmark unless the person tells them about it.
On the other hand, birthmarks on a person's face, hands, or feet are more noticeable. Many people are born with moles on these body parts or patches of hyperpigmented skin. Some even have white patches of hair like the baby in our story. Without further ado, let's find out what happened when the mother saw her baby for the first time.
THE RARE BIRTHMARK
When Brianna Worthy gave birth to her daughter MilliAnna Worthy in May 2015, she noticed a white patch of hair at the front of her head. The mother couldn't stop adoring her baby girl when the nurses placed the little one on her chest.
MilliAnna was the 4th generation in her maternal family to have this unique trait. Brianna revealed that her mother, Jennifer, and grandmother, Jaonne, were also born with the same white patch of hair. Brianna said:
"We are unsure how far back the birthmark goes as my grandmother was adopted as a child and hasn't met her biological family."
A MEDICAL CONDITION
Having no boys in their family, the three women and baby MilliAnna had a rare medical condition called poliosis that causes hair to turn white because of the absence of melanin which gives hair its dark color.
When Brianna was pregnant with MilliAnna, she wished her daughter would inherit the rare birthmark from her. She recalled that her younger sister didn't have it, so there was a chance MilliAnna wouldn't have the white patch of hair. Brianna recalled:
"Once I had her, and they laid her on my chest, and I saw she had it, I was so happy."
While Brianna was happy that her little one inherited the rare trait from her, she also knew about the downsides of having a patch of striking white hair right above her forehead.
As a child, she experienced bullying because of her rare birthmark. Bullies called her names such as "skunk," making her feel bad about her white patch of hair. She said:
"In elementary school, kids are a little harsher, but when you grow up, it becomes cool."
IT DIDN'T END
Even after growing up, people would ask her about her hair, but they never bullied her anymore. Brianna said when people approach her in public and ask about her white hair, she doesn't mind. But sometimes, it gets overwhelming for her to answer the same questions.
However, Brianna doesn't feel bad about her hair anymore. She thinks it's her "unique signature look" and feels confident about it. She added:
"I plan to raise my daughter knowing she is beautiful and special and not listen to people's mean comments at times."
Brianna's story teaches us to feel confident in our own skin. Despite being bullied, she managed to embrace her birthmark and didn't feel insecure about her looks.
Do you know someone who has a rare birthmark like Brianna and MilliAnna? Share this inspirational story with them to motivate them.
Click here to read another story about a girl whose bullies said she was the "world's ugliest woman," but she shut them up by becoming successful a few years later.