Woman With Bright Red Skin Gets Pregnant And Decides To Give Birth. What Happens After She Goes Into Labor Shocks All The Doctors! Woman With Bright Red Skin Gets Pregnant And Decides To Give Birth. What Happens After She Goes Into Labor Shocks All The Doctors!
Harlequin ichthyosis also known as “Harlequin baby” is a severe genetic skin disease, which causes the dermis to be around 10 times thicker than... Woman With Bright Red Skin Gets Pregnant And Decides To Give Birth. What Happens After She Goes Into Labor Shocks All The Doctors!

Harlequin ichthyosis also known as “Harlequin baby” is a severe genetic skin disease, which causes the dermis to be around 10 times thicker than normal and grows at a fast rate. Babies with Harlequin ichthyosis are often born prematurely or stillborn and are usually very small. However, children who survive will need lifetime intensive skin treatment, creams and retinoid medicine and many require physiotherapy and counselling.

Sufferers not only have a thick and rapid growing skin, the condition forbids them to grow much hair and their ears and eyelids are receding. They are also highly susceptible to germs, which would normally be blocked by the skin’s outer barrier.

Amazingly one Harlequin ichthyosis survivor has been defying all odds and even became the first person to have a baby living with this condition. She goes by the name of Stephanie Turner.

Stephanie Turner from Arkansas, was born with Harlequin ichthyosis.steph 2

Doctors warned that she may not survive in the first few days of her life. Fortunately, she is now at 23, and the oldest person in the US to live with Harlequin ichthyosis…

And the first to have a baby when she gave birth to her now two-year-old son.steph 1
Despite the danger of being pregnant with the condition, Stephanie proved them wrong not just for having her first baby but also for giving birth to her second child.hi 3
But before these amazing moments of her life, she admits that the disorder gave her a hard time and had to endure hateful comments.hi 10
She said, “I’ve actually had someone come up to me and ask if I was in a fire.”screen_shot_2015-09-02_at_09-42-04
Stephanie believed that her survival is partly because of the cream that keeps the bacteria at bay and it also lubricates her tough skin and restricted limbs.
She said, “I always spend about 15 minutes putting lotion on because my skin is so tight and doesn’t have any give.”hi 11
“The skin is the only thing I’ve ever known, it’s just born like this so I don’t know how to look at myself any different,” she added.

Stephanie’s positive attitude towards her continuous discomfort and pain captured the heart of now-husband Curtis.

Curtis said, “When I met her I didn’t see a person with a skin disorder, I just saw a beautiful woman. She was funny and she’s always trying to make things positive.”

The couple got married months later and soon after, Stephanie got pregnant on her first baby risking her life.

Pregnancy in women with Harlequin ichthyosis is life-threatening because the stretching of the stomach can aggravate their condition.

Stephanie said, “The doctors couldn’t tell us anything because I was the first one to consider having a baby.”hi 4
But God is good, the pregnancy fear turned out to be beneficial for her rare skin condition and she gave birth to a healthy baby boy.
Two years later she got pregnant again and gave birth to a healthy baby girl.hi 6

Now the couple are parents to two children Willy, aged two, and Olivia, aged four months. Luckily, both of the kids escaped their mother’s painful condition.

Stephanie said, “I can’t tell you what good of a feeling it is just to have your children healthy and happy. I hope the future holds nothing but happiness. I’m sure there will be a few bumps along the road, but that’s life. We’re just focusing on my two perfect babies and my wonderful husband.”

“Stephanie is a super-mum, she can be doing 50-different things at once and still have time to smile and take care of both the kids,” amazed Curtis said.

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