Some stories are too hard to write but we have to accept. Whichever the circumstances, mother should learn to love their children however hard it may be.
A mother has rejected her premature baby girl born at an Indian city because she looks like an alien. The 28-year-old woman, who refused to reveal her identity, gave birth to the girl at a government-run hospital in Patna district of Bihar, in eastern India
The mum said: “I have no idea how did this happen. Me and family are completely devastated.”
The rare genetic condition called Harlequin Ichthyosis happens due to an acute case of malnutrition causing thickening of the skin and facial deformities.
Harlequin Ichthyosis literally means one born with dry, scaly ‘fish’ like skin. It affects one in 300,000 births by inheriting a mutated gene from the parents.
Infants with this condition have very hard, thick skin covering most of their bodies. This is broken into large, diamond-shaped plates separated by deep cracks (fissures).
Dr Maruti Sinha, Senior Consultant Obstetrician and Gynaecologist told Mail Today, “It is for the first time we have witnessed a baby born with this skin deformity. Harlequin Ichthyosis involves an ‘ABCA 12’ gene defect.”
“Till date in India, only three such cases have been reported and they all died soon after birth. We can’t even confirm if the baby is a boy or girl as its genital organs haven’t fully developed,” she added.
After news of the bizarre looking girl’s birth broke, scores of locals flocked to the hospital to have a glimpse of her. Doctors were forced to intervene to remove the number of people gathered outside the hospital to see the baby.
Sadly the baby died after developing respiratory problems
survival rate is so less in babies born with Harlequin Ichthyosis that they die within few hours of birth. Globally, there are also three cases reported wherein patients are alive and suffering