Woman delivers premature ‘alien’ baby and refuses to breastfeed it (photo)

Woman delivers premature ‘alien’ baby and refuses to breastfeed it (photo)

After giving birth to a premature child with a rare disease, a distraught mother has refused to breastfeed the baby, dubbing it an ‘alien’ because of its extremely rare, incurable condition that causes her skin to grow seven times faster than usual.

The 28-year-old woman gave birth to the baby girl at a government-run hospital in Patna district of Bihar, India on Sunday. The young parents, who claim to be traumatised by the birth, called the child a curse and refused to accept her.
The name of the disease the baby has is Harlequin Ichthyosis, which causes widespread and persistent thick, dry, “fish-scale” skin. It happens due to an acute case of malnutrition causing thickening of the skin and facial deformities.
Doctors believe that the girl wouldn’t survive for long as none of her organs have developed properly and that the probability of survival of such cases is only one in 10 million.
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