Her family was extremely poor, making it impossible to have her skin treated.
16-year-old Shalini Yadav has been cruelly likened to a snake since she was born as her skin sheds every 45 days. Apparently, she has been suffering from Erythroderma, a rare skin condition that dries up and hardens the skin. It causes the skin over almost the entire body to become scaly and flake off. Shalini has shed her skin every 45 days since she was born.
Her desperate mother Devkunwar said: “Shalini is suffering from the disease since childhood.
“We saw several doctors but none of them could cure her and her condition has continued to get worse.
“I feel so helpless when I see her skin coming off, causing excruciating pain to my child.”
To stop her skin from drying out, she needs to soak her body in water at least every hour—and smear herself with lotion every three hours. Shalini’s family are so poor they cannot afford that and need to spend their money on providing food for eight people including her grandparents.
Her father Rajbahadur, a daily wage worker, said: “It’s really sad because she was not born normally and has scaly skin all over her body.
“It is similar to being severely burnt, from the sole of her feet to her head.”
Shalini said: “I wanted to study but they threw me out of school as the children would get scared by seeing my face.
“Everybody in the family is suffering because of my medical condition.
“But what is my fault? What sin did I commit to be cursed with such a disease? I want to live.
“Please help me, if you can.”
What is Erythroderma?
According to Wikipedia, Erythroderma is the term used to describe intense and usually widespread reddening of the skin due to inflammatory skin disease. It often precedes or is associated with exfoliation (skin peeling off in scales or layers), when it may also be known as exfoliative dermatitis (ED).