Child Born with Harlequin Ichthyosis

Child Born with Harlequin Ichthyosis

Here is a case of a child being born with the rare but devastating disease known as Harlequin Ichthyosis. In this disorder, the baby’s skin does not develop properly, instead forming into thick plates separated by deep fissures. With the skin being like this, the body lacks the necessary moisture and causes the infant a great deal of pain. The disorder also causes the mouth and eyelids to become malformed, turning inside out, giving them the trademark “tomato eyes” and turning the mouth into a disturbing “smile”. Some believe these facial features to be what inspired the name while others maintain that the roughly diamond-shaped plates were reminiscent of the diamond-patterned suits Harlequin jesters once wore.

There is no cure for the disease but skin grafts are possible in certain cases. Regardless, the child will need 24 hour care and a steady supply of moisturizers and doctor’s visits for the rest of it’s life. While the disease can be detected in utero, it cannot be prevented. It is believed to be caused by a mutation in specific genes. The good news is that it is not a death sentence like it once was. Children with this condition can grow into adulthood albeit with severe deformities and in constant need of medical attention.

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32 thoughts on “Child Born with Harlequin Ichthyosis

  1. It’s hard to believe that an infants body can turn against them in such a way before they even get the chance to test life as it could be. The causes of this particular disorder has always been a fascination of mine.

  2. If the parents truly love their child, they would put this one out of it’s misery. If not, they’re ignorant selfish pieces of shit. There will be absolutely no quality of life for this child, only misery. Give it a morphine overdose, so there will be no more pain and suffering.

  3. I hate to say it but it wouldn’t be fair to let it live. It’s going to be in pain everyday. It’s not going to be able to live a “normal” life. No one will want to be its friend. People will talk behind its back. It’s probably going have some sort of complex. Doctors will want to study it. It’s probably going to die before hitting its teens from an infection. It’s going to be a tough life for it and the parents so might as well not…

    Plus, I’m a scab-picker so I’d be tempted. Even though I won’t, I will want to…

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