A BRAF mother pair says she is routinely abused by foreigners who confuse her toddler's birthmark for a contagious disease.
Deanna Latino, 32, has had to deal with the looks and unsolicited comments of randomists since her daughter Bianca was born.
Now, 13 months old, just four days after birth, the baby developed a wine stain in the harbor that the doctor thought was a bruise of delivery.
She started a pulsating laser treatment at three months to help the maze of blood vessels under her skin empty the blood more efficiently.
Parents Deanna and Brandon hope that the treatment will prevent the birthmark from increasing to the point that it distorts her face and causes other problems.
Deanna, a student-nurse practitioner, said that Bianca & # 39; s birthmark was "like there is a highway with lots of cars & # 39; s all going to one location, but it's not empty, so the laser helps the ships on the right way to empty ".
"If we did not treat the birthmark, it would continue to grow into an extreme cause and cause facial distortion, harden and darken in color.
"It always looks worse after treatment, it looks like small burn marks and we have to keep it moist with vaseline while it heals for two weeks.
Those red spots have led strangers to criticize Deanna.
They claim that Deanna has abused her baby, or that Bianca has measles because she is an anti-vaxxer.
"I have often been to the supermarket, people have asked if she has an allergic reaction or are afraid that she has measles because I am an & # 39; anti-vaccine & # 39;" she said.
"Mothers turn away and keep their children away from us, other times we have had comments in which she asked if she was burned.
"The worst thing is that people ask if I am a good mother and if I have hurt my child, that was very difficult to deal with.
"I do not blame people because they are curious, I want people to ask and educate them so that they are less ignorant and more understanding.
"We call her our & # 39; polka dot cutie & # 39 ;, I see her as cute and for me, the polka dots show how strong she is."
Bianca was diagnosed with Sturge-Weber type two at three months old, which doctors acknowledged to have glaucoma.
She also had an attack at the age of nine months, so she also had to make a diagnosis with her, which can cause mental and physical disabilities.
Deanna said: "After investigating the complications of a port wine stain with Sturge-Weber syndrome, that was our greatest fear and it happened in her case.
"The hardest thing is that you have to wait and see what happens.
"Only 3 percent of people with a Port Wine Stain have Sturge-Weber syndrome, so it is very rare because it is not very common."
There is no cure for a port wine stain or Sturge-Weber Syndrome and as Bianca grows, so will her birthmark, which means she needs treatment for the rest of her life.
Deanna said: "One day I was thinking of putting on makeup to mimic her birthmark and going to a store to see how people would react so that I could put myself in her shoes in the future.
"But I couldn't do it, I don't like to stare at me and I didn't want her to be teased or stand out."
Bianca & # 39; s parents chose to start treatment early, in the hope that they will have fewer problems later in life.
"But our reasoning was mainly because we didn't want it to grow constantly. It's so unpredictable and can be very aggressive, we don't know what will happen.
"There are concerns that the attacks might return or that it might calcify in her brain, like a brain tumor."
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Now that her tenth treatment with pulsating dye lasers is entering her next month, Bianca & # 39; s birthmark is barely noticeable and reduced to such an extent that the mother hardly remembers what she used to look like.
Deanna said: "Bianca & # 39; s birthmark has changed considerably with the lightening of laser treatment, she hardly looks like she has a port wine stain on her face.
"The results are great, I recommend that any new parent who asks if their child should go through it is great to see the results before and after."
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