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Adorable ‘batgirl’s’ final surgery to remove birthmark halted as visa runs out

Adorable 'batgirl's' final surgery to remove birthmark halted as visa runs out


A toddler who is already two years into treatment to remove a ‘batman’ birthmark from her face has been put on hold before she reached the final stage.

Luna Tavares Fenner, who lives in Florida, flew to Russia in 2019 to begin pioneering surgery on her facial birthmark.

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She was just eight months old when her parents decide to make the 6,000-mile trip in the hope of helping their daughter.

With the finishing line finally in sight disappointment rained down on the family as their visa ran out and they were forced to return to the US.

Luna’s marking on her face is medically known as Giant Congenital Melanocytic Nevus (GCMN), a type of skin disorder, and she had been receiving treatment in the city of Krasnodar in the Russian federal subject of Krasnodar Krai.

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Luna when she was six months old
Luna when she was six months old with the large birthmark covering most of her face

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Everyone involved is extremely happy with how the treatment is going but Luna was due one more round of crucial surgery.

Media website Komsomolskaya Pravda reported the news that the final operation had been postponed and the family had returned home.

Luna and her parents must now face the agonising wait to see if they can get permission to return one last time.



The skin condition makes Luna look like she is wearing a mask, something her parents have embraced
The skin condition makes Luna look like she is wearing a mask, something her parents have embraced

On Instagram Luna’s mum, Carol, shared the distressing news with her followers.

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She said: “We had three days to buy the flight ticket and come back home because our visa expired yesterday. I thought we would be able to finish all the surgeries, but no.

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“Now it’s time to wait for an authorisation from the Russian Consulate to go back soon.”

Doctors have raised some additional complications with the birthmark spreading into Luna’s eyebrows which will also need to be removed.



Doctors are pleased with how Luna's treatment has progressed
Doctors are pleased with how Luna’s treatment has progressed



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However, the medical experts in Russia are confident the family will be able to return to complete the treatment.

Luna’s condition left her with a dark birthmark across her face which has seen her dubbed the “Batman” girl.

Carol had previously been told by doctors in America that removing the mark would require a series of around 100 high-risk operations using lasers.

However after Luna’s story made headlines around the world, her parents were contacted by a Russian surgeon who offered to perform pioneering treatment using laser photodynamic therapy.

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