Abandoned with rare skin disease Italy, genetic condition that causes flaky.
An abandoned, Italian baby with an extremely rare skin condition has one mortal foe tougher than all the rest — the sun.
The 4-month-old boy, named Giovannino, suffers from harlequin ichthyosis, a genetic condition that causes flaky, thick skin, reported BBC News.
Direct sunlight is capable of seriously harming the boy, and he is sheltered from it at all times.
Newborns who suffer from the disease are born with plates of thick skin that can split apart, distorting facial features and restricting breathing, according to the National Organization for Rare Disorders.
Although it remains unclear as to why Giovannino was abandoned, numerous people have contacted the hospital with offers to adopt him, according to reports.
One nurse, who wished to remain anonymous, said that she and other hospital staffers take turns pushing him in his stroller.
“He is a cute child who smiles and loves being taken around the ward,” hospital neonatal until head Daniele Farina told La Repubblica. “He is happy when someone makes him listen to music.”
To keep Giovannino’s skin from drying out, he gets moisturizer rubdowns several times a day and is kept away from streaming sunlight.
Unfortunately, the disease, which affects about one in 500,000 people, often leads to death within the first month of life. However, an early diagnosis can help reduce complications, such as respiratory distress and bacterial infections, according to the NORR.