Dozen that birthmark look odd?

Dozen that birthmark look odd?

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A kisfiú és az igen furcsa anyajegy története. 

Dozen that birthmark look odd?

Baby is born with distinguishable number '12' on his forehead.

In ancient civilizations it was the number of labours undertaken by Hercules, the amount of gods who lived on Mount Olympus in Greek mythology, the number of Israeli tribes and the number of the apostles in the Bible and the total signs of the Zodiac.

Now the number 12 has cropped up in another mystifying setting - on a baby's forehead.

Hanru van Niekerk was born in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 11, 2014, with a strange birthmark on his forehead in the shape of digits '1' and '2'.

Some have suggested he was born early — and was actually meant to have arrived the following day on November 12 to correspond with the unusual birthmark.

Doctors have reassured the family of the boy that the markings will gradually fade with time.

Great grandmother Catherine Jooste said that they have embraced the peculiar birthmark, which was a 'beautiful surprise'.

She said: 'My youngest daughter was the first one to see it and she said there is a 1 and a 2 on his forehead. 

'We did not worry about it, his doctor said it will fade as he gets older.' 

According to medical sources birthmarks come in two main categories, vascular or pigmented.

Vascular birthmarks tend to occur in the head or neck area, being caused by abnormal blood vessels in or under the skin, which can fade after a few months or years.

In comparison,pigmented birthmarks are tan or brown-coloured, caused by a cluster of pigment cells.

Most birthmarks are harmless and don't need to be treated.

Read the short version of the story again and fill in the gaps with words from the text.

A baby in South Africa was born with a very special birthmark on his …………… (1) in the shape of two  …………… (2) 1 and 2, forming a very …………… (3) number 12. Doctors said that it will gradually …………… (4) as he gets older but the family didn’t worry about it and thought it was a beautiful …………… (5).

Birthmarks have two …………… (6). One occurs in the head or neck …………… (7) and disappears in a few months or years. The other is brown and is caused by pigment ……………. (8) Most of them are …………… (9) anyway and they don’t need to be ……………

Key:

1. forehead

2. digits

3. distinguishable

4. fade

5. surprise

6. categories / types

7. area

8. cells

9. harmless

10. treated

Vocabulary

dozen

12, egy tucat, itt: szójátékként a doesn’t helyett áll

birthmark

anyajegy

odd

furcsa

distinguishable

megkülönböztethető, kivehető

forehead

homlok

ancient

ősi

labour

munka, feladat

to undertake

felvállalni, elvégezni

tribe

törzs

apostle

apostol, tanítvány

signs of the Zodiac

csillagjegyek

to crop up

felbukkanni

digit

számjegy

he was meant to have arrived

kellett volna érkeznie/születnie

to correspond with

összhangban lenni

to reassure

biztosítani

gradually

fokozatosan

to fade

elhalványulni

great grandmother

dédnagymama

to embrace

szívesen fogad

peculiar

különleges, különös

vascular

ér- (jelzőként)

pigmented

pigmentált

to tend to

hajlamos valamire

to occur

megjelenni

blood vessel

ér

in comparison

ezzel szemben

cluster

csoport

cell

sejt

harmless

ártalmatlan

to treat

kezelni

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