Friday, November 11, 2016

A unique form of birthmark passed from mother to child

A mother has passed on a unique 'birthmark' that turns her hair white to her daughter – who has become the fourth generation of her family with the striking trait.

Brianna Worthy, 23, from Ridgeland, South Carolina, and her 18-month-old daughter MilliAnna, were both born with a white patch at the front of their hair. 

The distinctive trait is caused by poliosis, which creates a lack of pigment in the patch of hair and the skin around it.

Baby MilliAnna is the fourth generation of her family to have the distinctive mark, which is also visible on her grandmother, Jennifer, 41, and her great-grandmother, Jaonne, 59.

Adorable photos of the tot with her mum and grandma show the family's Cruella de Vil-esque look.

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.

'I was hoping she did have it. My younger sister that my mother had a few years after me didn't get it, so I didn't know if MilliAnna was going to, but once I had her and they laid her on my chest and I saw she had it I was so happy.'

Brianna admitted that the show-stopping feature can occasionally have its downsides.

She said: 'We definitely get stopped a lot while out and about on our daily routines.

'The majority of the time I welcome the polite comments and don't mind answering the many questions, but honestly, it can be overwhelming at times,

'When I'm in a rush and just trying to do what I need and keep going.'

Brianna hopes her daughter will embrace her uniqueness as she gets older.

She said: 'I had several names such as skunk that kids would try to insult me with as a child.

'Sometimes it would bother me when I was younger, but I grew to end up really loving it in my hair and was confident that it was my own unique signature look.

'I plan to raise my daughter knowing she is beautiful and special and to not listen to peoples mean comments at times.'

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