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Meet The Human Snake: Teenage Girl Sheds Skin Every 6 Weeks!

By Christie Abagon , Jan 29, 2017 09:18 PM EST
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Shalini Yadav is a 16-year-old Indian girl who is suffering from a rare skin condition. Every 45 days, she would shed her skin ever since she was born, which caused her to be called the "human snake."

The Skin Coming Off Causes Excruciating Pain

Yadav's condition is called Erythroderma - a rare inflammatory skin disease which dries out the skin, also called "red man syndrome". This causes the skin almost over the entire body to become scaly and flake off, Yahoo! News said. She needs to soak in water every hour and apply cream every three hours in order to stop her skin from hardening up, but her parents could not afford it. Doctors are unable to treat her condition.

Daily Mail Online said that because of her condition, her classmates are scared of her, which led her to be thrown out of school. Devkunwar, the girl's mother, said that she feel so "helpless" when she sees her daughter's skin coming off because it causes excruciating pain to her child.

The Disease Is Not Killing The Girl, But It's Taking Her Life Bit By Bit, Her Parents Said

Devkunwar said that it is better to die than living a life of misery. Her other two kids are normal and without any such complicatios. Rajbahadur, the girl's father said that it's really sad because her daughter 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," he said.

Yadav's parents also said that although the disease is not killing her, it is taking her life bit by bit. "We have no idea where to go to and who to consult," Devkunwar said.

Yadav also said that her entire family is suffering because of her condition, and that she wanted to study, but then again, she has been thrown out. "But what is my fault? What sin did I commit to be cursed with such a disease. I want to live," she said.

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