Little Mila was born with a birthmark on her neck that was so large it looked like a second head.
But Mila’s birthmark was not cancer at all.
Mila, now one, was born with a congenital hemangioma – or a collection of small blood vessels under the skin.
Page, 21, likened the tennis ball-sized lump to a “bag of blood” and admits she was terrified the birthmark would rupture.
The worried mum-of-two became obsessed with measuring the birthmark, which started to shrink after three months.
Now the lump has completely disappeared from Mila’s neck.
Paige, from Stoke-on-Trent, in Staffordshire: “I thought she had cancer. You see a lump and you just assume.
“I was in bits and in tears.
“For the first few weeks I thought she was going to die. It was really scary.
“It was the size of a tennis ball. It looked really big because she was so small.
“It was like another head. One of my friends joked that it could have been a twin but obviously it wasn’t.
“However, I knew that as long as she was breathing and she was okay that is what was important.”
There are three types of congenital hemangioma; rapidly involuting congenital hemangiomas (RICH), noninvoluting congenital hemangiomas (NICH) and partially involuting congenital haemangiomas (PICH).
A RICH grows while the baby is in the womb and they starts to shrink once they are born while a NICH may continue to grow after the baby is born in proportion with their growth rate.
PICH types can behave like a RICH and shrink after birth then stop at some point or one that was thought the be a NICH may shrink quicker, but it is not known why.
Mila was born with a RICH.
Paige said: “I was crying for weeks. It was a waiting game for a while because we didn’t know if it would ever go down.
“I was scared it was NICH. I was very anxious but I did my research, I discovered that if it was RICH it would start to shrink at three to five months.
“I just wanted her to get to that age.
“There was a lot of worry it would affect her movement but it really didn’t.
“I thought she would need surgery, it was like a bag of blood. It can be dangerous.
“She has a strong neck and could give you a solid headbutt.
“I don’t think it caused her any pain. She used it as a pillow in the night and would lie on it.
“My other child, Harvey , didn’t have a birth mark but I would be worried if I got pregnant again.”