DENVER — A 2-year-old girl in Denver was born with a port-wine stain birthmark on her face that garners a lot of stares and whispers.
The large, red birthmark covers part of Lydia Bossley’s face and can bruise after she receives laser treatment.
Kelly Bossley wrote on the Facebook page Love What Matters about how Lydia responded to some children at her preschool who stared and whispered when seeing the birthmark for the first time.
The post was picked up by several media outlets and has since gone viral.
“She is a firecracker but also very nurturing and empathetic. She loves books, dancing, making art and taking care of her doll babies,” Bossley told the Des Moines Register.
Lydia’s twin brother Nolan was not born with the birthmark, which can appear on faces and other parts of the body, according to the Mayo Clinic.
Bossley told the newspaper that Lydia has received 28 laser treatments.
“I was nervous when she was starting preschool because I didn’t know how the other kids would react to the fresh bruising and had donated the book ‘Sam’s Birthmark’ to her new preschool class when she first enrolled last month,” Bossley told the newspaper. “It is my understanding that the teachers read the book, but there had been some new students that later joined the class.
“The book was kept in her cubby, so when she noticed her classmates reacting to her very bruised face following a treatment, her first instinct was to grab the book and give it to her teacher to read again.
“Instead of getting upset or self-conscious, Lydia handled the situation with so much grace and confidence, which helped put my fears to rest of how she might be treated by her peers in the years to come. I just knew she was going to be OK, and I cried nearly the entire way to work out of relief and pride.
“I later shared it on my personal Facebook page and it took off from there.”