A father of two claims an NHS surgeon refused to operate on a huge mole on the face that covers half of his newborn daughter’s forehead because she was “only bullied in secondary school”.
Little Viennese Brookshaw was born on April 6th with a large congenital melanocytic nevus, a rare type of mole that accumulates a large number of benign pigment cells that cause the black growth on her forehead.
Daniel Brookshaw and partner Celine Casey, 24, were referred with their baby to Leeds St. James University Hospital in Leeds, West Yorkshire, where they said surgeons made the dismissive comment.
The 26-year-old driving instructor claims that she is disappointed with the decision and that the mental wellbeing of the little Viennese woman will be impaired when she starts kindergarten because “children have no filter”.
Celine fears that one day her daughter will ask why you haven’t done anything if she’s exposed to cruel thugs throughout childhood – and there’s even an increased risk of cancer from having such a large mass on her forehead, which is expected to keep increasing.
Now they had to start a GoFundMe page and in just three days raised £ 14,922 for their private treatment at Portland Hospital in London – after a generous person donated £ 2,000.
Daniel of York, North Yorkshire said, “We just saw [the birthmark] When she was born it was a big shock to us, and the midwives didn’t know what it was either. We were in a panic.
“They sent us to Leeds St. James University Hospital to see a pediatric surgeon there and he basically said he would never consider operating on him until she was old enough to tell herself, i.e. As a teenager.
“We spoke to a dermatologist at the same time and he said [in] in his own opinion he would not touch it at all and leave it entirely.
“”[Their reasons were] because it doesn’t affect your health and isn’t cancerous at the moment, but it could potentially turn into cancer.
“The psychological impact would be enormous to get them through school with it. This is one of the main things we worry about. We feel like they haven’t taken into account their mental well-being.
“Vienna is a bubbly, happy little one-month-old. She is absolutely great. She now has her own personality.
“As she gets older and begins to understand things, by the age of three, four, or five, she will find that she is not the same as other children in terms of appearance.
“Nowadays children don’t have a filter as such and we don’t want that to affect their mental health, which it does.”
“They pretty much said that maybe she could handle it, so it might be okay.
“They said she could make her own decision [when older] and she isn’t bullied until she is in secondary school.
“We have no choice but to try this route.”
Vienna’s parents claim that they were not informed of the benign, tumor-like growth by sonographers during one of their scans, although they believe they can see it for themselves in their ultrasound image.
The ‘black fat’ mole is expected to grow as Vienna grows, so her parents are in a race against time to arrange her treatment.
Daniel said, “We think you can see it on the scans, but we weren’t warned whether you can or not.
“When Celine gave birth, the birthmark looked the same, only a lot darker. It was a black, thick mark on her face.
“Celine had to stay with Vienna all night while they examined it.
“The mole is between her eyes and her forehead. It will grow as it grows.
“It’s five by three inches, so it’s classified as big. You wouldn’t really call it a little mole or a medium-sized one. It’s just big on her face.
“There’s no chance it will shrink as we hoped it would. We hoped it could go away in time, but it won’t go away.”
“We want to go to the best people because it is their face. Hopefully they will start the first treatment around 10 months of age.
“Vienna will perform three operations in a row about six months.
“They’re going to remove part of it, stretch the skin, and then remove another part. So they have to go six months in between.
“It’s called a serial cut and she has to go under general anesthesia.
“That’s only possible if the MRI and everything under the mole are fine. If it’s connected to things, it will be a different scenario. There is a very small chance that it will affect anything else.”
Daniel and Celine, who also have their son Lukas together, now hope that Vienna will be welcomed by the specialist Dr. David Dunaway is being treated at Portland Hospital, but expect a hefty £ 14,632 bill for an initial MRI, three surgeries, and other related treatments.
Aside from a 6k obstacle race to raise funds, they have now also launched a GoFundMe page for the Dead, where more than two-thirds of their goal is achieved in two days.
Daniel said, “We have to pay £ 3,300 for the MRI, then we try to raise over £ 11,000.
“Me, Celine and a few friends are doing the Total Warrior. It’s a 6k run including obstacles with mud, ice and fire to raise money as well. The hope is to get started in the next eight months.
“We are massively surprised at how much we have collected. If people were in my position, they would want that. It’s hard to put it any other way.”
Vienna’s mother Celine has now spoken of her hopes that the little girl will have a normal first day of kindergarten if her birthmark has been removed.
Celine said, “As a mom, I want her first day of kindergarten to be like any other child. I want her to be happy and no one to comment on her face.
“Mental health is a big deal right now, especially with what just happened with Lockdown.
“Young children in elementary school are bullied, even if they are not disabled.
“I think Vienna will affect you mentally anyway. Your first day of school will be so important.
“With CMN, you can get small, big, or huge. Yours is classified as large. It is the size of a bottle cap.
“I don’t want her to be older and tell us why didn’t you do anything? And blame us if we could have done something about it.”
“I don’t want her to resent us or anything. It really is a life change.”
Comment requested from Leeds Teaching Hospitals NHS Trust.
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