Winry Hall was born with congenital melanocytic nevi, which leads to light brown to black patches on her skin.
Editor's note: This article was originally published on March 25, 2022. It has since been updated.
Little Winry Hall was born with congenital melanocytic nevi or CMN. This is an extremely rare birthmark as a result of the irregular development of pigment cells. This makes the 13-month-old a little different from other babies. What her mother Nicole Hall initially thought was a bruise on her newborn's face, was just a large mole of sorts. Now, instead of trying to cover up her child's birthmark, Hall is committed to making sure her daughter knows exactly how beautiful she is. Using the power of social media, the mother raises awareness about CMN and encourages others to reimagine societal beauty standards, Good Morning America reports.
One mother is dedicated to reaffirming that her daughter is beyond beautiful. https://t.co/JM5tu5P0n9— ABC News (@ABC) March 24, 2022
"When they first handed her to me, I thought it was a bruise," Hall said in an interview with the media outlet. "It was then quickly apparent to my husband and I [realized] that it was not a bruise. And like the name, I thought it looked a lot like a mole." As per a report from the National Organization for Rare Diseases by Dr. Harper Price of Phoenix Children's Hospital and Dr. Heather Etchevers of Marseille Medical Genetics, CMN can lead to light brown to black patches. It can also become apparent in several ways, covering nearly any size area or any part of the body.
CONGENITAL MOLES Also known as CONGENITAL MELANOCYTIC NEVI.— ℤ𝕒𝕚𝕟𝕒𝕓 𝕄𝕚𝕞𝕚 𝕐𝕒𝕣𝕠 (@ask_drmims) November 4, 2020
Congenital simply means you a little human is born with a mole or develop them shortly after birth while Acquired melanocytic nevi are not present at birth. pic.twitter.com/cAGDxC9WDF
The mother shared, "For a lot of people, this is the first time seeing a birthmark like hers and that's part of why I enjoy sharing. This is a good conversation for parents with their children to see kids have differences, or for those parents who do have a kid that looks like Winry or has any kind of a birthmark to see their child represented." She uses social media to communicate to others that being "different" can be their superpower, just like it is little Winry's superpower.
Already, this bundle of joy has met folks from across the globe with similar superpowers. "We've got to talk to several people from Brazil with birthmarks," Hall stated. "One of them has one that is almost identical to Winry and it's been so fun to talk to her because she's almost exactly my age." However, there are some concerns as well. According to the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, Winry's CMN can leave her at higher risk of developing melanoma. Although Hall is more worried about the frequency of bullying her daughter may experience as she gets older, she takes added precautions to make sure her baby is safe and healthy.
"Her health and happiness are our top priority," the mother reassured. "We have to monitor her with sunscreen. I'm careful with hats and that sort of thing. I know our regular dermatology appointment is probably going to be our best friend growing up." As this mother-daughter duo takes on the world together, Hall is most smitten by Winry's character. She said, "She just radiates joy. She's almost always laughing or shrieking. She is just the happiest baby I have ever seen. She's a big talker already. We haven't got a whole lot of words out, but she tells you like it is and she's already getting a little bit of sassiness, so I think we're gonna have a lot on our hands."