Carrie Mess was excited to welcome her second child after a relatively uneventful pregnancy. However, as soon as her little boy was born, it was one curveball after another.
Little Ben was born via C-section and things were hectic right from the beginning. Carrie only got to see him for a split second before he was taken away to be cleaned up. Her husband would later inform her that Ben was born with a large birthmark on his back.
As she shared her story with Love What Matters, Carrie explained that her son had what's known as congenital melanocytic nevus, which is basically a massive mole that, in Ben's case, covered most of his back.
While the drawback from his condition would likely be esthetics and physiological, there was something else that bothered the parents. Ben had a small lump in the middle of the birthmark and within two weeks it had tripled in size.
They visited a dermatologist, which led to a 5-day stay at the hospital. After an MRI was done and the lump was biopsied, it was discovered that it was actually a cancerous tumor.
At only one month old, Ben underwent surgery to remove the tumor. Thankfully, he began to heal nicely afterward and his parents were hopeful that life could go back to normal.
That was not the case, though. They soon found a small lump at Ben's incision site. At first, they thought it was harmless but within a month it had doubled in size.
After more tests were done, doctors determined that Ben had developed a rare complication from his earlier surgery - a limber hernia.
Ben had another surgery to repair the hernia and, fortunately, everything went well. His relieved mother said:
Ben is now nine months old and growing and developing like any other baby his age. He is the happiest baby in the world and adores his big brother.
Carrie and her family obviously experienced quite the rollercoaster with all this, but the great news is that the little boy is doing fine. His mom now happily posts Ben's updates on her Instagram page.
Of course, Ben may someday have to cope with feeling different due to the large mole on his back, but we have no doubt that he will get through it, thanks to his strong and supportive family.
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