An Indian teenage girl who sheds her skin every two months because of an ultra-rare condition has cried out for help.
Shalini Yadav, 16, needs to constantly smear her body with moisturiser to stop it from hardening and seizing up. Her family is so poor they cannot afford that and need to spend their money on providing food for eight people including her grandparents.
According to DailyMail, the teenager had been thrown out of school because of her extraordinary appearance
Doctors have diagnosed Erythroderma, an inflammatory skin disease also known as ‘red man syndrome’, but are unable to treat it. It causes the skin over almost the entire body to become scaly and flake off. Shalini has shed her skin every 45 days since she was born. She has to soak her body in water every hour — night and day — and smear himself with lotion every three hours to prevent drying out.
Her desperate mother Devkunwar said: “Shalini is suffering from the disease since childhood. “We saw several doctors but none of them could cure her and her condition has continued to get worse.
“I feel so helpless when I see her skin coming off, causing excruciating pain to my child. “This disease is not killing her but taking her life bit by bit. “We have no idea where to go to and who to consult.”
Devkunwar, a care-giver in a state-funded community centre, is so heart-broken she says death would be kinder to her daughter. She added: “It is better to die than living a life of misery.” Read more
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