Mother reveals Russian priest refused to baptize baby because he thought birthmark was contagious
Angry mother reveals Russian priest refused to baptize her baby girl because he thought the child's huge birthmark was contagious
- Vika Khvostantseva was born six months ago in Kurgan with a huge birthmark
- Mother Maria Khvostantseva, 22, took her to a local church for her baptism
- But the Orthodox priest feared the sign was contagious and refused to baptize her
- Mrs. Khvostantseva said she was upset by people's reactions to the goal
A distraught mother has revealed that a Russian Orthodox priest refused to baptize her baby girl because he thought the child's huge birthmark was contagious.
Maria Khvostantseva, 22, said that when she brought her newborn to a church in the city of Kurgan, the priest told her that he did not want baby Vika to participate in group baptism.
Mrs. Khvostantseva local media: & The priest did not want to touch Vika. He said: & # 39; & # 39; The place can be contagious and I think our church won't understand this & # 39; & # 39 ;.
According to the mother, the ceremony is being held for several families at the same time, and the priest feared that other parents would not agree to join in because of the unusual child & # 39 ;.
Baby Vika Khvostantseva was born six months ago in the city of Kurgan in South Central Russia, with a birthmark covering 80 percent of the child's body (photo: Maria Khvostantseva, 22, left with her daughter; and the birthmark of the child baby right)
Mikhail Nasonov, a spokesperson for the Kurgan Orthodox Church, said to the local media: & We intend to conduct an internal investigation after the incident.
& # 39; The priest in question will face disciplinary action. We condemn what happened.
& # 39; I am sure that when the mother goes to church again, the ceremony will take place this time. & # 39;
Mrs. Khvostantseva said that she rarely takes her daughter because she wants to protect her from people's judgment.
She said: & # 39; When I gave birth to Vika, the midwife said: & # 39; & # 39; She's pretty dirty or what? & # 39; & # 39; And tried to clean her with a napkin.
& # 39; People on the street often point their fingers at Vika and smile. That's why I'm very upset.
Maria says that she rarely takes her daughter because she wants to protect her from people's judgment
& # 39; My baby is beautiful and very loved by her family. My son says: "Vika was kissed by the sun".
The baby Vika was diagnosed with a large congenital melanocytic naevi. The condition is dangerous because there is an increased risk of developing into melanoma, a serious type of skin cancer.
The family is raising money to prevent the disease, according to local media.
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