The term 'vascular birthmark' includes hemangiomas and malformations. It is estimated that approximately 10% of births have a vascular birthmark -- that's about 400,000 children per year in the United States alone. Of these, approximately 30% -- nearly 120,000 children born each year -- will have a vascular birthmark that should be evaluated by a specialist. While hemangiomas and malformations are related, and often confused, they are very different in their natural history and in the options for treatment.
We are at an exciting time in medical history when our knowledge, technological advances and clinical experience have come together to effect changes in the management of these birthmarks.
Cristal is too young to be aware of her “difference” yet, however the teasing and whispering will take away her smile soon.
Dr. Hochman, Medical Director, and his Hemangioma Treatment Foundation are trying to raise funds to bring her to Charleston for the surgery and procedures which are not available in the Dominican Republic. She has a large compound hemangioma which needs immediate attention. Her surgery is covered thanks to Dr. Hochman and the Foundation, but the tentative quote of $50-$60k for the hospital, anesthesia costs, etc. are not. So we need your help to spread the word by going to our FaceBook page to share with your friends.
Looking at this beautiful little girl and knowing what she faces in the future, made us reach out to you and your friends for help.
“Leave it alone, it will go away” is commonly the advice given to parents of a child with a vascular birthmark. This approach is no longer universally acceptable because…
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