A BABY has stunned the medical world after being born with a number 12 appearing in the middle of his forehead.
Tiny newborn Hanru van Niekerk was born with the unusual mark which looks like an almost perfect number 12.
But his family, who live in Johannesburg in South Africa, were too pleased by the new arrival to notice it at first.
His great-grandmother Catherine Jooste, 70, said: “My youngest daughter was the first one to see it and she said ‘there is a one and a two on his forehead’.
“We did not worry about it – his doctor has said it will fade as he gets older.”
Dermatologist Patrice Hyde said: “Hemangiomas are a bunch of tiny blood vessels that grow in a specific area on the skin – that’s why they usually look red or purple.
“No-one knows what causes blood vessels to group together, but it’s good to know that most birthmarks aren’t a sign of any kind of illness and usually don’t hurt at all.”
The story will spook folk who remember the 1976 horror classic The Omen, when a birthmark that looks like the number 666 – the sign of the devil – is found on the back of creepy boy Damien’s head.
Birthmarks usually fade on their own – but if not they can be removed using special corticosteroid injections, laser therapy or surgery.
However, some parents go all out to embrace their baby’s birthmarks.
Last month a couple won praise from thousands of people when they had copies of their toddler’s birthmarks tattooed on their legs.
Brit parents Adam and Tanya Phillips got the inkings to match 18-month-old Honey-Rae’s strawberry-coloured patches.