The parents of an adorable baby boy, who has birthmarks covering 80 per cent of his body, was told that they could leave him at the hospital if they decided they didn’t want him.
Artyom Petrosyan, from Yerevan, Armenia, was born with nevus birthmarks in oval, dark-skinned patches across his skin. His parents were told after his birth that he would also need surgery, as he had Spina Bifida.
Mariam, 26, and 28-year-old dad Taron were told that the birthmarks are an indication of their son’s body struggling to produce melanin and that this could pose a threat later in life by becoming cancerous.
The doctor warned the parents that they had no idea how long Artyom would live, as he had a heightened risk of skin cancer.
Horrifically, the hospital then suggested to them that they could leave their son at the hospital if they decided they wouldn’t be able to take care of him at home.
Mariam and Taron had no idea of Artyom’s nevus marks until he was born so they had been shocked upon seeing their little boy. After then being told he would need surgery for Spina Bifida, the parents were left in a blur of emotions as their son was whisked away.
Later on, Artyom’s parents were taken by the doctors for a discussion. They said that it would be unlikely he would open his eyes as he had nervus birthmarks in that area, they were then told that they had no idea how long he’d live. It was then said that the parents could leave their son at the hospital if they felt they couldn’t care for him and his needs at home.
Mariam and Taron didn’t listen to the doctors and knew they had to take their little boy home. Although they were nervous, they knew their son was a gift and that their two other sons would do absolutely anything to protect their new baby brother.
Although nervus birthmarks can be removed, it’s very rare that they cover 80 per cent of the body, such as in Artyom’s case. Concerningly, he even has them on his brain, which causes occasional seizures.
Mariam and Taron have taken to social media to share their son with the world, they are keen to share their son’s story and connect with people who are going through similar situations. They want people to understand that although Artyom is different, he is beautiful and unique.