Parents get tattoos to match daughter's birthmark

When their daughter was born with a large birthmark, these UK parents went to extremes to make sure she would never feel insecure.

By Today's Parent
Photo: Michelle Rawlins Photo: Michelle Rawlins

No parent wants their child to feel ostracized or self-conscious about anything, and two parents from the UK have gone all out to avoid this with their little girl.

When Tanya and Adam Phillips' daughter, Honey-Rae, was born with a bright red birthmark that travelled the length of her leg to her back, the new parents feared she would grow up feeling self-conscious about it. Instead of trying to hide it, the couple decided to embrace it -- permanently -- by getting tattoos that match the large birthmark.

"We wanted Honey-Rae to feel special, that her birthmark was something to feel proud of and not embarrassed by,” mom Tanya told the UK's Mirror. “Most people might think it’s very extreme, but to us it was the natural thing to do to ensure our daughter never felt different or alone in the world.”

Tanya says Honey-Rae recognized that the tattoos matched her own birthmark right away, and she now giggles when she notices the match. Doesn't that just warm your heart?

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This article was originally published on Feb 27, 2015

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