A mother whose birthmark exploded while she was pregnant told the story of how doctors found life-threatening tumors that led to surgery that left her skull exposed.
Sam Davies, 31, of Lancashire, England, said the birthmark on her forehead became raised and began to itch every time she was pregnant. When she became pregnant with her fifth child, Davies said her birthmark became swollen and painful, and she went to the hospital after it had burst, leaving a gaping wound on her forehead, Daily Mail reports.
When doctors inspected the birthmark, they realized that hiding behind it were three life-threatening tumors, and needed to perform emergency surgery to remove them.
"I can hardly believe that a simple birthmark grew into a monster which could have killed me," Davies said. Now, Davies is recovering from her surgery, and said that she is enjoying spending time with her newborn son.
"The kids at school used to call me the unicorn. I managed to cover it with my [bangs] and I just learned to live with it. It was like a little red dot," said Davies, who added that she had never thought that her birthmark could be dangerous.
"When I was pregnant with my first daughter, the birthmark started to grow a little, it became itchy and it grew," she said. "It was more of a growth than a mark and I hated it."
Davies said the mark reacted each time she was pregnant with her four daughters, but that things became unmanageable while she was carrying her son. She said that her doctors believed the male hormones from carrying a boy were triggering the increased reaction.
"I worked as a teaching assistant and it would start bleeding at work, quite suddenly," she said. "It really got me down and I begged the doctors to help me."
Davies saw a dermatologist who recommended laser removal, but the National Health Service refused to pay for the procedure.
When Davies was 32 weeks into her pregnancy, the mark, which had been itchy and pulsing, exploded. "There was lots of goo and blood shooting out of my head, all down my face. I was panic-stricken," she said.
After a turbulent pregnancy, Davies' son, Paul Jr., was born healthy in March 2013.
A year after her life-saving surgery, Davies said that she is "pain-free" and looking forward to a life without the birthmark that she's lived her entire life with, according to Inquisitr. She added that she is not planning on having more children, "just to be on the safe side."