Artyom's parents were devastated after learning about their son's condition but were left horrified when doctors said they could leave their child.
Parents of an adorable baby boy, who was born with birthmarks that covered 80 percent of his body, were left outraged after being offered to leave their child in the hospital if they did not want him. Artyom Petrosyan was born with nevus birthmarks that left the child with oval, raised, dark-colored patches all over his skin. Additionally, he required surgery for spina bifida, a condition that occurs when the "spine and spinal cord don't form properly," according to Mayo Clinic. The birthmarks were an indication that the infant's body was struggling to make melanin and thus posed a great risk of turning cancerous as he grows older, reports The Sun.
Artyom's parents, mom Mariam Petrosyan, 26, and father Taron, 28, were devastated when the doctor told them about Artyom's condition and warned of the uncertainly of the boy's life due to his highly increased risk of developing skin cancer later in life. However, this was nothing when compared to the horror the experienced when doctors told the couple from Yerevan, Armenia, that they could leave their own child behind if they didn't think they could care for him at him. "We only found out about Artyom’s nevus birthmarks when he was born. I was completely shocked," recalled Mariam.
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"The doctors had never seen nevus marks like Artyom’s before and they soon realised he also had spina bifida. It was all such a blur. They took him away for a ninety-minute surgery to correct his spine and it took five days of recovery before we could properly see him again," said the mom. The pair claims that doctors told them they didn't have to take the kid home after his birth. "I remember them sitting us down. Artyom hadn’t opened his eyes yet and they told us he might never open them due to the nevus birthmarks in that area," said Mariam. "They also said they didn’t know how long he’d live for and that if we wanted to, we could refuse to bring him home because taking care of him would be too hard – we didn’t listen."
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There was no way that the doting parents were leaving the side of their precious child. "Me and my husband finally got to walk into Artyom’s ward. I was nervous. My husband called Artyom’s name and we saw him stir – then I called his name and he opened his eyes," remembered Mariam. Furthermore, she shared how Artyom’s brothers 3-year-old Narek and 2-year-old Artur asked their mother why he "had chocolate dabbed on his face." After Mariam explained Artyom's condition to his brother, they have become protective of their tiny sibling. While the toddler is stared at occasionally, many have regarded him as "a gift from God," shared Mariam. "Most people are shocked when they see Artyom – some smile at him. Someone also told me he was a gift from God," she continued.
Although Nevus birthmarks can be surgically removed, having 80 percent of one's body covered with it, like in the case of Artyom, is very rare. The boy also had nevus birthmarks on his brain which tragically causes him occasional seizures. His parents say that social media has helped them quite a lot during this time as they have been sharing Artyom's story with the world. "Social media has become so important to us because Artyom has helped us and others feel less alone. We can share his story and connect with people who are going through similar things," she said. "I hope to show that people like Artyom are unique and beautiful. Birthmarks shouldn’t be hidden in shame. We must accept that beauty comes in different shapes and forms and we must never change that." You can follow his story by checking out his Instagram account.