A woman’s birthmark has exploded and the rare condition has led doctors to a startling discovery that is said to have stemmed from her pregnancy. According to the Daily Mail, Sam Davies has struggled with her slightly protruded birthmark all of her life, but things took a gradual turn for the worse with each pregnancy.
It has been reported that the 31-year-old mother suffered a number of complications throughout her pregnancies. In fact, Davies insists the birthmark had become an indicator of pregnancy, as it would itch and swell.
“When I was pregnant with my first daughter, the birthmark started to grow a little, it became itchy and it grew. It was more of a growth than a mark, and I hated it. My birthmark reacts to me being pregnant. In fact, it’s like a pregnancy test for me — when it starts to itch, I know I’m pregnant. But when I was carrying my son — after four daughters — it went out of control. As my bump grew, the birthmark grew too. It was like a monster.”
But, by the fifth pregnancy, the symptoms became more heightened and the pulsating birthmark swelled to the point of exploding. When the birthmark exploded, it nearly split Davies’ head open. Almost immediately after the shocking incident occured, Davies was rushed to a local hospital and doctors began running a series of tests to determine what may have caused the problem.
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Davies learned that there was much more to the birthmark than she could have fathomed. Apparently, the protruding point was actually the tip of numerous tumors. The test results determined that there were three haemangioma — benign tumors — with small amounts of cancerous cells that needed to be removed immediately. Now, Davies is recovering from the surgery, but she’s still shocked at the turn of events that occurred. “I can hardly believe that a simple birthmark grew into a monster which could have killed me,” Davies said.
Doctors believe Davies, who gave birth to four daughters prior to her fifth pregnancy, may have suffered the recent complications because of the gender difference in her fifth child. The male hormones from carrying a son may have contributed to the swelling since her heart had been pumping more blood throughout the pregnancy. At 32 weeks, the birthmark reached the point of eruption and it exploded. During a recent interview, she recounted the pain she endured during her fifth pregnancy as a result of the swelling, throbbing birthmark.
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“There was lots of goo and blood shooting out of my head, all down my face. I was panic-stricken,” Davies said. “The last two months of my pregnancy were horrendous. As my bump grew, the birthmark grew too. It was like a monster. I was closely monitored but in reality the doctors didn’t know what to do. I was like a freak show in the hospital, with them all coming to look at me.”
Now, it’s been a year since Davies’ surgery and she is recovering relatively well while bonding with her son. Although the birthmark and tumor has been removed, Davies insists she’s done with pregnancy and her son will be her last child. She’s reportedly “pain free” and looking forward to a new life without the painful, protruding birthmark that’s plagued her most of her life. “Now, I’m pain free and I have a scar where my birthmark once was. But just to be on the safe side, I’m not planning on having any more children — just in case the monster wakes up again.”
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