Snake girl smooths out her life, at last

AN Indian teenager, known as the “Snake Girl” because of her skin, is making huge progress, just one month into her treatment   in Marbella.

So thrilled is 16-year-old Shalini Yadav with her progress that she has shared snaps of her recovery. And the results are startling!

Shalini was given the nickname after shedding her skin every six weeks since she was born. She had to bathe every hour to stop her skin from hardening, while applying moisturiser constantly.

People avoided her on the streets, and Indian doctors even refused to touch her, let alone treat her.

That’s when a team of 26 skin specialists from Malaga’s International Medical Academy saw her story in the press, and stepped in, welcoming her to Marbella’s Hospital Banus.

A thrilled Shalini said: “Before, I was in my room normally, lying in bed watching TV. Now, in the mornings, I go to the terrace to soak up the sun.

“Then I usually do yoga and, afterwards, I enjoy breakfast. I am very happy now because I have a new life and a new skin, thanks to Spanish doctors.”

After receiving the 50,000-euro treatment for free, she has since returned home to India to continue her recovery.

The reptilian scales have all but gone, and, from wanting to die, she is looking forward to life in her new skin.

Dr Enrique Herrera, the dermatologist responsible for her recovery, said: “The treatment is nothing fancy… just 10 millilitres of acetyltrin, a drug that regulates keratin production in skin cells.”

And Shalini, who was kicked out of school at the age of 12 because she scared other pupils, now wants to study medicine.

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