When a South Carolina mother first saw her daughter, she was surprised to see a striking patch of white hair just above her forehead. It was the same rare birthmark the mother had been born with, and she remembered inheriting it from her baby’s grandmother.
Do you have a birthmark? Some people have unobvious birthmarks that usually stay 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 parts of the body or patches of hyperpigmented skin. Some even have patches of white hair like the baby in our story. Without further ado, let’s find out what happened when the mother first saw her baby.
THE RARE BIRTHMARK
When Brianna Worthy gave birth to daughter MilliAnna Worthy in May 2015, she noticed a white patch of hair on the front of her head. The mother couldn’t help but adore her baby girl as the nurses placed the little one on her chest.
MilliAnna was the 4th generation of her maternal family to have this unique trait. Brianna revealed that her mother, Jennifer, and her grandmother, Jaonne, were also born with the same patch of white hair. Briana said:
“We don’t know how far back the birthmark goes because my grandmother was adopted as a child and hasn’t met her biological family.”
A MEDICAL CONDITION
With no boys in their families, the three women and baby MilliAnna suffered from a rare condition called poliosis which causes hair to turn white due to the lack of melanin which gives hair its dark color.
When Brianna was pregnant with MilliAnna, she wished her daughter had inherited the rare birthmark from her. She recalled that her younger sister didn’t have it, so there was a chance that MilliAnna didn’t have the white patch of hair. Brianna recalls:
“Once I got it, and they put it on my chest, and I saw she had it, I was so happy.”
THE WRONG SIDE
While Brianna was happy her little one inherited the rare trait from her, she also knew the downsides of having a striking patch of white hair just above her forehead.
As a child, she was bullied because of her rare birthmark. They called her by names such as “skunk”, making her feel bad about her patch of white hair. She says:
“In elementary school, kids are a little tougher, but when you get older, it gets cool.”
IT IS NOT FINISHED
Even after she grew up, people asked her about her hair, but they never intimidated her. Brianna said that when people approached her in public and asked about her white hair, she didn’t mind. But sometimes it becomes overwhelming for her to answer the same questions.
However, Brianna no longer feels bad about her hair. She thinks it’s her “unique signature look” and feels confident about it. She added:
“I plan to raise my daughter knowing that she is beautiful and special and not listening to people’s mean comments at times.”
Brianna’s story teaches us to feel good about ourselves. Despite the bullying, she managed to embrace her birthmark and didn’t feel bad about her appearance.
Do you know anyone who has a rare birthmark like Brianna and MilliAnna? Share this inspiring story with them to motivate them.
Click here to read another story about a girl who bullies said was the “ugliest woman alive”, but she silenced them by succeeding a few years later.