An infant young girl (baby born without skin) has been born with almost no outside body skin, at Paliganj primary health centre (PHC) on Saturday.
The condition, known as Harlequin Ichthyosis, a severe genetic disorder which leaves the entire body encased in armour like thick white plates, separated by deep cracks.
This disorder affects aprrox. 1 baby in 3 lakh births. Deputy superintendent Dr Shiv Lal Chaudhary, said the baby was born around 6:00 am on Saturday and the delivery was normal.
It was a pre-mature birth as the baby was born after 32 weeks, instead of 36 weeks. Doctors said the baby will need lifelong treatment to moisturise her outer body. They were using petroleum jelly and coconut oil and giving the child a special nutritional supplement.
The baby also cried after birth and weighed around 2.5o kg. A large number of people are coming to the house of Mohammad Rahman at Azim Nagar Colony in Paliganj to see the ‘unnatural’ baby. Rahman, the father of the newborn, owns a shoe shop in Paliganj. His elder daughter is 1.5 years old.
The baby born without skin is not finding any difficulty in breathing and is now stable. The baby girl was born with two small holes for her nose, an inverted eyelid and no ears.
There is no cure for this disorder. All that medical science can do is try to keep the baby alive.
A specialist said this is most likely the second revealed case of Harlequin Ichthyosis in India. The first case in the nation was accounted for in June a year ago when a lady brought forth a kid with Harlequin Ichthyosis at Lata Mangeshkar College and Hospital in Nagpur. The infant survived for only 48 hours.
Such babies are inclined to different diseases since skin is not there to ensure them,” said Dr A A Hai of Patna, including that survival has likewise been accounted for in specific cases.
“Such infants are prone to various infections because skin is not there to protect them,” said Dr A A Hai of Patna.
A baby with the same condition lived for 24 years after being born in Pakistan in 1984.
Another baby without skin was reportedly born in the USA in 1994.
There have only been around a dozen such recorded cases in medical history since 1750.