A Florida toddler who was born with a marking on her face that resembles a “Batman” mask will soon travel to Russia in the hopes of receiving an innovative treatment for a rare skin condition.
Luna Fenner was born with a congenital melanocytic nevus, “a skin condition characterized by an abnormally dark, noncancerous skin patch (nevus) that is composed of pigment-producing cells called melanocytes,” according to the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
Typically present at birth or soon after, the nevus — which can be anywhere on the body — grows at a similar rate as the child. Usually black in color, the nevus can be flat but can also be raised or bumpy. Excessive hair growth on the nevus is also common.
“Affected individuals may feel anxiety or emotional stress due to the impact the nevus may have on their appearance and their health. Children with giant congenital melanocytic nevus can develop emotional or behavior problems,” the National Library of Medicine states.