Melanie Shaha lost all of her hair after having a tumor removed from her pituitary gland and undergoing radiation in 2017. Because the radiation killed her pituitary gland, doctors told her she would never be able to regrow her hair.
Her son Matt Shaha was home from college in 2020 when he came up with the idea, jokingly, to make a wig for her using his own hair. Matt told WBRC,
"I was at dinner with my parents, and someone made the comment that my hair was starting to get a little long and I jokingly said, ‘Oh maybe I'll just keep growing it for a wig for you.' And then it clicked. And I was like, ‘Why don't I?'"
Matt spent the next two years growing out his hair. This year, when it reached a foot long, he had it cut, and sent to Compassionate Creations to have a custom wig made for his mom.
Melania Shaha said of her new hair,
"It's fabulous. I mean, obviously, it's fabulous. To be such a gift of love, to feel like I look beautiful. It's really great," she said. "It's a miracle, and it's soft, and it's beautiful, and it's real hair, and it's his hair."
Matt's strawberry blond hair perfectly matched his mom's natural hair color, so not only is the wig made of real hair, but it looks exactly like her hair.
Matt told WBRC,
"I was not expecting that to be as emotional as it was. It kind of started out as a fun little project between me and my mom, but as soon as the hair was long enough and we cut it, it was like, ‘This is real.'"
What a priceless gift for this mom!
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