I saved my baby’s life lasering his birthmark, trolls call me a ‘monster’

An Aussie mom, who was slammed by trolls for removing a port-wine stain birthmark from her baby’s face, says she did it for the health of her child.

Brooke Atkins, 33, gave birth to her second child — a baby boy named Kingsley — in January and noticed half his face was covered by a birthmark.

Port-wine stain birthmarks are usually harmless, but if they are over the eye — as Kingsley’s is — they can be linked to glaucoma and Sturge-Weber syndrome.

The conditions can cause seizures and other disabilities while glaucoma can cause blindness. Since the tot was diagnosed with both, the parents made the decision to get laser treatment at the end of May.

Atkins says port wine-stain birthmarks can develop a ‘cobblestone’ appearance, which makes it harder to treat.
Atkins says port-wine stain birthmarks can develop a “cobblestone” appearance, which makes it harder to treat.
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The mom admits she felt guilty when trolls attacked her for Kingsley's treatment.
The mom admits she felt guilty when trolls attacked her for Kingsley’s treatment.
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Atkins was called a  “monster” for choosing to laser her baby’s large facial birthmark.
Atkins was called a “monster” for choosing to laser her baby’s large facial birthmark.
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“When he was first born, we were referred to the Queensland Children’s Hospital dermatology and vascular department, where they organize the first treatment and explain in further details why laser would be important,” Atkins explained to NeedToKnow.online.

“The purpose of the laser treatments are not to ‘remove’ the birthmark but instead keep the skin healthy, to prevent any further damage to the area.”

Although the laser treatment was in the best interest of her baby boy, TikTok critics have slammed the mom of two; labeling her a “monster” for giving her baby laser surgery.

“Don’t think I could laser my baby,” one user wrote.

“Brainwashed mother making her kid insecure the second he gets out the womb,” said another.

“Why is everyone supporting this,” another commented.

Kingsley is responding well to treatment.
Kingsley is responding well to treatment.
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Kingsley with mom Brooke, Dad, Kewene and sister Amarni.
Kingsley with mom Brooke, dad Kewene and sister Amarni.
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The mom, who also shares 2-year-old daughter Amarni with her partner Kewene Wallace, admits the negative comments made her question her decision.

“Honestly, when I first started reading the negative comments, I sat there for a good half an hour and cried to myself,” she said.

“I had a whole heap of mum guilt, and it made me question my decision. Even though I knew I was doing the right thing, the cruel words still played in my head.”

Little Kinsley was born with a port wine-stain birthmark which can have severe health consequences.
Little Kingsley was born with a port-wine stain birthmark, which can have severe health consequences.
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However, with more than 32,700 people following little Kingsley’s journey on social media, supporters have left plenty of positive comments on the mom’s videos.

“You’re the mom and you know what is the best for him,” one user assured her.

“I would have done the same thing and wished I had a strong mum like you to help educate,” agreed another.

“I never realized it could affect health!? Thank you for the video he is adorable!” another user wrote.


Before you comment nasty things – its not just a birthmark,its a portwine stain, the goal isnt to completley remove it, its to keep the skin healthy.Please research PWS before leaving uneducated, negative comments✌🏾

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According to the Mayo Clinic, sometimes port-wine stains occur with Klippel-Trenaunay syndrome or Sturge-Weber syndrome, which require regular medical evaluation.

However, Atkins says Kingsley is thriving so far and responding well to the treatments with the next laser appointment scheduled in August.

“Over 20 hospital appointments, two different hospitals, over 10 different specialists and doctors, five different medical departments, three MRI’s, one ultrasound, two hearing tests, two operations, two laser treatments and three diagnoses, all in six months – yet he is the happiest, most loving and sweetest boy you will ever meet!” she gushes.