Infant With Deadly Disease That Causes Scaly Skin Survives to Celebrate 1st Birthday

Infant With Deadly Disease That Causes Scaly Skin Survives to Celebrate 1st Birthday

When Harper Foy was born, she was covered in thick, callus-like skin that threatened to cut off blood to her extremities. She was diagnosed with a genetic disease called harlequin ichthyosis, which occurs so rarely that it's difficult to know how many people have been born with the disease. Dr. Raymond Tse, a plastic surgeon at Seattle Children’s Hospital, said doctors had to perform surgery almost immediately to save her limbs, which were being constricted by her skin. Dr. Craig Jackson, medical director of Seattle Children’s neonatal intensive care unit, said they weren't sure initially whether Harper would survive. After two months, most of the thick callused skin had either been sloughed off or removed, and Harper could finally go home just in time in 2015 for Halloween. The family still faces challenges from Harper’s constant itchiness.

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