Stephanie Turner was born with a rare genetic skin condition called Harlequin ichthyosis that makes her skin thick, red and cracked.
According to Wikipedia: “At birth, the child’s whole body is encased in an “armor” of thick white plates of skin, separated with deep cracks. In addition, the eyes, ears and limbs may be abnormally contracted. Because of resultant cracked skin in locations where normal skin would fold, it is easily pregnable by bacteria and other contaminants, which can result in serious risk of fatal infection.”
When she was born, doctors told her parents she wouldn’t live very long. But she defied the odds by applying a daily cream which prevents bacteria growth and lubricates her skin.
Because of her condition, Stephanie was bullied throughout her childhood and many people often thought she was a burn victim. But through it all she remains positive and has a tremendous attitude towards life!
In fact, it was her upbeat attitude that caught the attention of her now husband and made him fall in love with her. She eventually got pregnant – at the age of 23 — but she knew that having a baby with Harlequin ichthyosis can be highly dangerous because the stretching of the stomach can make the condition worse.
Defying the odds once again, Stephanie delivered a healthy son and became the first person with Harlequin ichthyosis to give birth! The couple even decided to have another baby shortly thereafter.
Harlequin can only be passed down to her children if both parents suffer from the condition. Another fact is that Stephanie is the oldest living person with the disease! Check out this inspiring mother’s story below and please SHARE Stephanie’s story with your friends on Facebook!
[H/T: Mirror UK]