‘Snake’ girl is cured

A TEENAGER in Spain, dubbed the “human snake” because she shed her skin constantly, has been cured.

Sakhalin Davy, an Indian 16-year-old living in Marbella, lost her skin every six weeks and had to smother her body with moisturiser and bathe every hour to stop it from hardening.

Her family were too poor to afford specialist treatment, leaving her unable to walk without a stick. Her affliction was so severe that she could not even walk unassisted.

But when doctors in Spain learned of her plight, they agreed to treat Sakhalin for free, with the help of fund-raisers.

Using specialist medicine, which slows down the growth of her cells, her skin stopped shedding scales in just 10 days.

The delighted youngster, from Now gong, in the central Indian state of Madhya Preshrank, has returned to India, knowing she will be supported by the medics for life.

Shalini said in Marbella: “I can’t wait to go back home and show my new face to the people there. Now, I want all those people to come and stare at me.

“Now, I am confident enough to stare back at those who stared at me and made hurtful comments. I can’t tell you how happy this makes me. It feels great. I haven’t just got a new skin… I’ve got a new life.

“In India, nobody would come near me because they thought I was suffering from some contagious disease. Forget about common people, even doctors would not come near me. They would examine me from a distance.

“But when one doctor carried me in his arms to the ambulance, I was touched by his gesture and wondered why don’t we have doctors like him in India.

“In India, whenever I went out, people stared with derision. They interrogated me about my illness and suggested various home remedies and treatments. They treated me like a specimen. I felt really bad, so I stayed home most of the time.”

Shalini was diagnosed with patellar ichthyosis, an inflammatory skin disease which makes it grow too fast. And she had been shedding her skin every 45 days since she was born.

A 19-strong team of specialist doctors, from the International Medical Academy in Malaga, welcomed her to Marbella’s Hospital Banus on 10th September. And they provided treatment worth 50,000 euros, thanks to generous fund-raisers.

Dermatologist Enrique Herrera said: “We had a very positive response in just 10 days of medication. And I expect, in the next two months, that she will be completely normal.”

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