Hardly A Dime A Dozen! South African Baby Is Born With '12' On Forehead

The number 12 clearly visible on baby Hanru's head (CEN)
The number 12 clearly visible on baby Hanru's head (CEN)


A baby has confused his doctors and family by developing an almost perfect number 12 birthmark on his forehead - despite being born on the 11th.

It appears Hanru van Niekerk from Johannesburg, South Africa may have come into the world a day early after the baby, born on the 11th November developed the mark.

In fact his great-grandmother Catherine Jooste, 70, said it was only later that they actually noticed the number on his forehead.

She said: ‘My youngest daughter was the first one to see it and she said there is a 1 and a 2 on his forehead. We did not worry about it, his doctor said it will fade as he gets older.’

His parents say they are not bothered by the unusual birthmark (CEN)
His parents say they are not bothered by the unusual birthmark (CEN)


Dermatologist Patrice Hyde told the newspaper that babies can develop birthmarks before or shortly after birth.

She said: 'Hemangiomas are a bunch of tiny blood vessels that grow in a specific area on the skin — that’s why they usually look red or purple.

'Blood vessels are tiny tubes that carry blood through the body. No one knows what causes blood vessels to group together, but it’s good to know that most birthmarks aren’t a sign of any kind of illness and usually don’t hurt at all.'
 

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