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Parents of adorable baby with birthmarks on 80% of body told they could LEAVE him at hospital if they didn’t want him

***EXCLUSIVE*** YEREVAN, ARMENIA: THIS ADORABLE baby boy looked like a 'PANDA' when he was born with birthmarks covering EIGHTY PER CENT of his body - leading doctors to tell his parents they could LEAVE him at the hospital if they wanted to. Housewife and mum, Mariam Petrosyan (26) from Yerevan, Armenia, gave birth to her son, Artyom, by caesarean section in December 2019. The pregnancy had been smooth but upon delivery, doctors shockingly revealed to Mariam that 80 per cent of Artyom’s body was covered in nevus birthmarks. Officially termed congenital melanocytic nevi, nevus birthmarks are oval patches of raised, dark-coloured skin. The appearance of these means that melanocytes are struggling to create melanin - and the birthmarks do pose a threat of becoming cancerous in later life. Mariam barely had time to process her shock before Artyom was immediately whisked away for a 90-minute corrective spinal surgery. Struggling to understand what was happening, doctors informed husband, Taron (28), that Artyom also had spina bifida. This means that Artyom’s spine had not developed correctly. The surgery rectified the issue but Mariam had to wait a further five anxious days before meeting her son properly whilst she recovered from the birth. Doctors warned the pair that they didn’t know how long Artyom would live due to the highly increased risk of skin cancer. They also warned that the birthmarks around Artyom’s eyes might prevent him from being able to open them. As Mariam finally made her way towards Artyom, she called out his name and much to the surprise of the nearby doctors, Artyom opened his eyes. It was at this point that Mariam knew her „panda bear” was special. Doctors had even told Mariam and Taron that they didn’t have to take Artyom home due to how difficult it would be to look after him, but Mariam couldn’t imagine doing such a thing. Artyom’s brothers, Narek (3) and Artur (2), asked Mariam why Artyom „had chocolate dabbed on his face”, but after learning that their brother was special, they’ve done nothing but protect their youngest sibling. Mariam says Artyom occasionally receives the odd stare, but others have deemed him to be „a gift from God”. Nevus birthmarks can be removed but it’s rare that they cover 80 per cent of the body as they do in Artyom’s case. Artyom even has nevus birthmarks on his brain which cause occasional seizures. For now, he takes medicine to subdue these, but Mariam does worry about Artyom’s future and the threat melanoma – a form of skin cancer - presents. Despite this, she has chosen to see the positives and hopes that by sharing Artyom’s story, she can connect with others going through similar experiences – making them feel less alone.

 

Boy, 4, who defied the odds to twice beat leukaemia enjoys first day of school

***EXCLUSIVE*** A brave little boy who has beaten leukaemia twice in his short life has defied the odds - to start his first day of school. Mum Kirsty Knighton said there were times she had thought she would never see four-year-old son Josh Stockhill in his school uniform on his first day.Josh was first diagnosed with acute nymphoblastic leukemia at just eight months old - and his parents were told following his diagnosis that he may not make it through the night.

Star Wars releases Chewbacca shoes that are just as hairy as the big guy himself

Every time we see a Star Wars x adidas Originals sneaker, we're transported to another universe in terms of outlandish designs and faithful character references, but nothing compares to the duo's latest pair the Rivalry Hi „Chewbacca”. The legendary Wookiee warrior has been honored through-and-through with his own pair of Rivalry Hi sneakers, which are made from leather, suede, and a faux fur fabric that looks as if your feet have turned into Chewbacca's. adidas Originals has used a color palette consisting of „Raw Desert”, „Mesa” and „Chalk White” to further channel the Wookie realness. The Star Wars x adidas Originals Rivalry Hi „Chewbacca” is set to release on adidas' website on October 21 for 155 Dollars.

Incredible array of textures from above

***EXCLUSIVE*** Aerial shots show the incredible array of textures that make up the Death Valley National Park. The abstract images show land patterns and mineral deposits from streams as well as pools created by melted snow and rainwater. The pictures of the park, which straddles the border between eastern California and Nevada, were taken by veteran photographer Mitch Rouse from his helicopter.

Hundreds of stampeding wildebeest cross river

***EXCLUSIVE*** Thousands of charging wildebeest cross a muddy river during a stampede. The large herd of wildebeest, also known as gnus, power across the water to greener pastures as part of their annual migration. London-based photographer and filmmaker Andy Skillen travelled to the Mara River in the northern Serengeti to capture the Great Wildebeest Migration, which is believed to be the largest in the world.

Salt marshes in Camargue

***EXCLUSIVE*** A series of aerial photographs show a brightly coloured salt marsh landscape. Algae in the water, which grow throughout the year, transform the water from green to pink and then red. The beautiful images were captured by landscape photographer Olivier Jarry-Lacombe, in the south of the Carmargue, in France.

Sixth mass extinction paved the way for the dinosaurs 233 million years ago, study finds

***EXCLUSIVE*** A sixth mass extinction that paved the way for the dinosaurs has been discovered by scientists. It happened 233 million years ago - and began the rise of the biggest animals that ever walked the earth. Massive volcanic eruptions in western Canada wiped out vast numbers of species on land and in the oceans - allowing them to take over. They included a menagerie of lumbering beasts such as sheep-sized reptiles called rhynchosaurs and elephant-like tusked dicynodonts.

Brewing 'Changaa' in the slums of Nairobi, Kenya

Nairobi, Kenya: Workers seen taking a bath at a brewing store in Kibera Slums. The low wages and lack of job opportunities in Kenyan slums has forced many residents to turn to high consumption of the most toxic traditional brew well known as changaa . It is mostly prepared using some of the most dangerous chemicals like methanol to increase the strength of alcohol content in it. Due to government struggles and failure to stop the high consumption, the drink was later legalized in September 2010 by the Kenyan Government. It has since become one of the most practiced business for most poverty stricken families so as to make ends meet.