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Saturday, 24 February 2018

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)

A woman was bullied as a child and called "purple people eater" because of the large purple birthmark on her face, but she says she has now accepted her birthmark.
Kiana Smith, 39, who lives in Cumana, Trinidad, was born with a purple colored birthmark on the left side of her face. The birthmark extends to her chest, neck, back, scalp, and ear. It also covered her mouth and caused her to drool a lot. As a result, she was bullied horribly through school and got called names.

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)

She has now undergone five surgeries and laser treatment to reduce the size of her birthmark. After the surgery, Kiana now feels confident enough to become a global ambassador for the Vascular Birthmark Foundation. However, she is aware that her birthmark could easily grow back.
Kiana said: "The surgeries of my birthmark have helped so much. I mean I don’t have this bulk on my face. As I would describe it, it’s like having this huge one-inch steak, the weight of it hanging on your face. Sometimes I would feel the blood just running and pumping in my birthmark. But I don’t have that anymore. I am able to speak much better which is fantastic."

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)
After surgery

A port-wine stain birthmark is the discoloration of human skin caused by the abnormal development of blood vessels.
"It is something that will always be there, always growing," she said. "The birthmark will never go away. I have accepted that now. I don’t want my whole life focused on the fact that I have a birthmark. I don’t want it to keep me back from enjoying life."

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)

Despite finally learning to accept the way she looks, Kiana admits that she will never get used to the constant staring in public.

Woman taunted and called "purple people eater" because of her large purple birthmark (photos)

Below is a short video of Kiana speaking about her condition.


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