23-year-old Stephanie Turner suffers from a rare and debilitating skin disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis, but she hasn’t let it stop her from fulfilling her dream of becoming a mum.
The skin condition causes Stephanie’s skin to grow around 10 times thicker than normal at an incredibly fast rate. This results in skin that is easily crackable and susceptible to infection.
Despite her ongoing pain, Stephanie hasn’t let her illness stop her and recently gave birth to her second child Olivia. Harlequin Itchtyosis is very dangerous in pregnant women as the stretching of the stomach can lead to further infection.
The condition, which is incurable, is caused by a mutated gene, and only five children are born a year with the skin problem in the UK.
Luckily, both Stephanie’s children were born without the condition, and her husband Curtis says that despite her health problems, Steph is a ‘supermum’ who can do ’50 things at once’ and ‘still finds time to smile’.
What a brave lady!
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