When the doctors see THAT on the baby they’re horrified. It’s human scales made out of skin.
When Stephanie Turner's parents see their daughter for the first time, the wind is knocked right out of their stomachs'. The baby is covered with a shell out of thick, callused scales, split apart by deep red fissures. The baby is suffering from a rare skin disease called harlequin-type ichthyosis. This hereditary disease causes the skin to grow 10 times faster than normal so that it constantly cracks open, leaving the fissures extremely susceptible to infection. The doctors say that Stephanie will live a few days at most.
Meanwhile, Stephanie (who has grown up in Arkansas) has turned 23 years old - and it is a complete miracle! Because of her disease, she has no hair, no first layer of skin and cannot sweat. She must remove excess skin daily and apply skin ointment. "Someone once came up to me and asked if I caught on fire," tells the young woman. "When it's too hot I have to stay inside. My skin ulcerates and it is excruciating."
But Stefanie does not let all this prevent her from living her life. She managed to enrapture her now husband 3 years ago: "When I first met her, I didn't see her as someone with a skin disease, just a wonderful woman," he recounts. "She is so funny and always tries to remain positive." To complete their happiness, the young woman wishes for nothing more than a child. She is not afraid of her children inheriting her disease: both parents must possess the gene defect and this is not the case with Curtis. But nevertheless! Stefanie's life would be in jeopardy if she was to become pregnant!
For doctor's have never witnessed a pregnancy wit ha woman suffering from harlqeuin-type icthyosis. They fear that the stretching of Stefanie's skin over her belly could cause extreme infections that she won't survive. But, once again, the young woman proves that nothing can stop her. At 21, she gives birth to her son Willy - fit as a fiddle!
4 months ago, the baby Olivia was born, making the little family a perfect double pair! Stefanie has become the oldest living person with this disease in the USA as well as worldwide. The proud mother couldn't be happier: "I can't express what a wonderful feeling it is to have healthy and happy children!"
Stephanie Turner has experienced 3 miracles at once. Not just surviving despite all diagnoses, but she is (despite her life-threatening condition) a mother of two. When this unbelievably strong woman also impressed you to no end, then share this story with everyone you know!