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Russia: US baby with ‘Batman’ birthmark undergoes first successful operation in Krasnodar

Russian Federation, Krasnodar
October 09, 2019 at 12:25 GMT +00:00 · Published

Six-month-old Luna Fenner from Florida had her first operation to remove the so-called 'Batman' nervus from her face, in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

According to the baby’s mother Carol, the doctor assured her that if following the operation Luna continued to eat and laugh then this was a sign that she wasn’t feeling any pain.

The baby was born with a rare condition called Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (GCMN). Individuals with this disease are prone to developing melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

After the 'Batman' baby's case hit the headlines, Carol and her husband Thiago Tavares opted for treatment in Russia, rejecting several offers in the US after being told their child could faces years of laser surgery.

Luna arrived in the Russian city at the end of September with her mother to receive pioneering treatment from leading surgeon-oncologist Pavel Popov at a specialised clinic.

The doctor further informed Carol that the treatment would consist of approximately eight laser surgeries each one costing $25,000 (€22,750). The full medical procedure may last up to 18 months.

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Six-month-old Luna Fenner from Florida had her first operation to remove the so-called 'Batman' nervus from her face, in Krasnodar on Wednesday.

According to the baby’s mother Carol, the doctor assured her that if following the operation Luna continued to eat and laugh then this was a sign that she wasn’t feeling any pain.

The baby was born with a rare condition called Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (GCMN). Individuals with this disease are prone to developing melanoma, a serious form of skin cancer.

After the 'Batman' baby's case hit the headlines, Carol and her husband Thiago Tavares opted for treatment in Russia, rejecting several offers in the US after being told their child could faces years of laser surgery.

Luna arrived in the Russian city at the end of September with her mother to receive pioneering treatment from leading surgeon-oncologist Pavel Popov at a specialised clinic.

The doctor further informed Carol that the treatment would consist of approximately eight laser surgeries each one costing $25,000 (€22,750). The full medical procedure may last up to 18 months.

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