A young girl is facing ‘living hell’ because of a rare disorder which makes her skin appear like stone.
Thick, hard and scaly grey growths cover little the little girl’s body leaving only her face and chest free.
The stony-blisters are caused by an incredibly rare genetic mutation – with scientists saying only 24 cases have been reported worldwide.
Rajeshwari, 7, suffers from ichthyosis that causes reddening, scaling and severe blistering of the skin.
The incurable disease attacks the process of skin regeneration in the human body, making it hard and flaky.
The rough blisters have covered her arms, legs and most of her back and make it painful for her to walk or even sit.
Her legs and arms are almost completely covered in blisters, including her hands and feet, with her stomach and most of her back also affected.
Pictures show the heart-wrenching sight of Rajeshwari sitting under a thatched hut with blisters almost covering almost her whole body.
The disease is not fatal, but it hinders her every single day – making simple actives as walking and sitting very painful.
There is little health care available in the young girl’s district, meaning she has to travel into the city for medical attention.
They are also vulnerable to infections because of cracks in their skin and may have impaired vision or hearing if skin builds up over their ears and eyes.
The condition is usually inherited from one’s parents, but can also be acquired in connection with other health problems.
If a baby has inherited the condition, their skin will gradually become dry, rough and scaly – with symptoms showing before the age of one.
People with the condition may need to spend several hours a day caring for their skin, experts say.
Vitamin A tablets can help to improve the skin’s appearance, but do not improve the underlying inflammation.
Doctors in India say there have been few cases in the country which would assist research into Rajeshwari’s condition.
‘There has not been any major breakthrough in terms of research. Currently, science has no cure for this ailment,’ said Dr Satyaki Ganguly of the All India Institute of Medical Science in Raipur.
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