A baby born in Turkey has became a viral sensation due to the unique heart-shaped birthmark on his face.
Cinar Engin, the baby with the birthmark, has been dubbed the “love baby” by nurses, who took pictures of him, according to the Daily Mail.
His parents, Murat and Ceyda, said that people often want to stop and take pictures of little Cinar.
“We love him and his birthmark,” Murat said to the Mail. “After a nurse cleaned the blood on his head I was the first to see the birthmark on his head.”
On closer inspection, Murat realized that “it was an amazing heart. It was difficult for me to keep my tears.”
According to LittleThings, the little boy was born in Ankara, the capital of Turkey, back in late 2015.
The couple have said that Cinar’s birthmark is a “gift from God,” and they’ve decided to teach the boy to cherish his special mark.
Murat Engin said, “When we walk around, all people smile us and love him,” reported the Daily News.
“All of our friends are curious about his birthmark because of its heart shape,” Murat said to the Mail. “They say that he is a love baby.”
He added, “When we go to hospital for custom control, nurses and doctors know him and called him as ‘Hearted Boy.’ He already has many fans.”
As a result, the parents have set up his own Instagram for the child, so fans around the world can admire Cinar’s unique birthmark as he grows up.
According to Medical News Today, most infants will be born with a birthmark somewhere on them.
“Nobody really knows what the causes of birthmarks are. Experts say that vascular birthmarks are not hereditary,” the report says. “Birthmarks are less common in Asian people, compared to individuals from other parts of the world.”
There are some folklore from Spain, Italy, and Arabic countries that say birthmarks are caused by the mother’s unsatisfied wishes or cravings during her pregnancy.
“For example, if a craving for strawberries was not satisfied, her child would be born with a strawberry mark on his/her skin,” the site says.
While the folklore may sound creative, it is not scientific. However, even from a medical perspective, experts still don’t fully understand what causes birthmarks.
“An over-accumulation of cells that make up the lining of the baby’s blood vessels are believed to cause the development of strawberry marks,” the site says. It also says that most birthmarks won’t have any long-term effects.
Do you have any unusual birthmarks? What do you think of Cinar’s heart-shaped mark?