Doting dad gets tattoo of daughter’s rare birthmark to remind her she’s ‘not alone’


Isla Bailey, 5, was born with a large birthmark covering her back – and her dad Karl has now had the mark tattooed to show his daughter she will ‘never be alone’

Karl Bailey wanted to help boost his daughter Isla’s confidence

A doting father has had a copy of his daughter’s rare birthmark tattooed on his leg to prove to her that she will “never be alone” – and to help boost her self-confidence.

Isla Bailey, five, was born with a large Congenital melanocytic Naevi (CMN) birthmark covering her back, as well as over 100 moles on her legs, arms, and face, which she calls her “special spots.”

And in a bid to help her feel more confident in her own skin, her 33-year-old dad Karl Bailey has now had an identical tattoo of the mark on his leg – which left little Isla feeling “very happy” and “a little emotional”.

He said: “When Isla saw the tattoo she was shocked that I now had ‘special spots’ too. She was very happy and seemed a little emotional.”







Karl’s tattoo matches Isla’s birthmark
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The tattoo also features the Caring Matters Now charity symbol
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Currently, Isla – who has a twin sister named Ruby who does not have CMN – is happy to embrace her visible differences and loves showing off her “special spots” to family and friends.

But Karl, as well as Isla’s mum Emma, ​​knows she may face difficulties when she grows up, so wanted to do what he can to make sure she doesn’t feel alone.

He added: “Isla is confident and happy in her skin. She is proud of what she refers to as her ‘special spots’ and is happy to show them off and discuss them with her friends and family.

“Her school teachers have commented on how wonderful it is to see her confidence when questioned about them by others.







Five-year-old Isla (left) with her twin sister Ruby
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“[But] I know the difficult journey she may have ahead of her due to the visible difference so wanted to share it with her.

“Isla has a large birthmark on her back and we have counted at least 100 smaller moles on one leg alone. She also has them on both arms, legs and face.

“I want her to know that she will never be alone.

“Not only that, but special spots are cool – why wouldn’t I want them?”

After getting his new ink, Karl posted a picture of himself with his daughter and their matching marks – where friends praised him for being an “inspiration”.

One person said: “What an inspiring thing to do!”

While another added: “Absolutely LOVE this! You wonderful daddy.”

An estimated one in 20,000 people are born with CMN, some of whom may have it on the brain and spine – which can be fatal.

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Karl said: “It is also an opportunity to raise additional awareness of the condition if people were to query the tattoo, the condition or the symbol.

“The symbol represents the amazing charity Caring Matters Now who supports those affected by CMN, raise awareness and funds for research.”

Isla’s mum Emma is also doing her part to raise money for Caring Matters Now, as in October she’ll be running the London marathon on behalf of the non-profit.

You can read more about Isla’s condition, and give your support for Emma’s London marathon efforts, on her JustGiving page.

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