Chloe made her debut into the world as a beautiful, strong baby girl. Although extremely healthy, she was born with a rare skin condition called Congenital Melanocytic Nevus on her lower right leg.
Congenital Melanocytic Nevi (CMN) are large pigment-based moles or birthmarks that develop in the womb, within the first twelve weeks of pregnancy. CMN are caused by a defect during embryologic development, and there is no known method of prevention. While small moles are very common, large nevi occur in approximately 1 in 20,000 newborns. These nevi have been linked to malignant Melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer.
The Plastic and Reconstructive Surgery team at Nationwide Children’s Hospital provides comprehensive care for all pediatric plastic surgical problems, including congenital anomalies, acute traumatic injuries, skin tumors and reconstruction following burns and other traumatic injuries.
Chloe is a confident, kind girl who truly cares about others. She is extremely passionate about connecting with children with the same condition and reassuring them that they are not alone.
“Chloe has had 12 surgeries and visits the hospital weekly when undergoing tissue expansion in her leg. Because of the staff and the environment that Nationwide Children’s has created, Chloe actually enjoys her visits. We feel fortunate to have a beautiful facility complete with medical experts. The staff are not only knowledgeable and skilled in their field of work, but they all have compassion for Chloe which makes her feel like she is more than a medical condition,” says Stephanie, Chloe’s mom.
Chloe’s parents are very excited for her opportunity to be a patient champion and hope this opportunity will help generate more awareness and support about the rare disease of CMN. An energetic, lively girl, Chloe loves to do it all – whether it’s dancing, playing sports, building things with Legos, listening to music or reading.