A little boy from the Australian state of Victoria is doomed to live in the dark due to his skin’s increased sensitivity to ultraviolet radiation. This is reported by the NZ Herald.
George Maddern, who is now 18 months old, was born with a rare condition – pigmented xeroderma. Because of this, the boy is allergic to sunlight.
These people are killed by the rays of the sun. They hide from the light and go outside after sunset
Every day, the child and his parents face many problems. For Maddern to play in the house, all the shutters must be closed and the windows must be tightly curtained. To go outside, he must be wrapped in blankets and put on gloves, since no part of his skin should be exposed to the sun.
The disease increases the chance of skin cancer by 10 thousand times, and there is a 25 percent chance that sunlight can affect the boy’s vision, hearing and nervous system. Xeroderma is incurable.
“This diagnosis means that George cannot play outside, walk up to UV-protected windows, and even attend any events if halogen lamps are used in the room where they are held,” the child’s uncle explained.
The boy has already been hospitalized with severe burns to his face after spending a short time in the sun without protection.
The family wants to build a special gazebo that will serve as a playground for the child, large enough to accommodate a trampoline, basketball hoops and slides. Also, the boy’s parents plan to tint the windows of the house and the car, install sensors that measure the level of ultraviolet radiation and buy clothes with UV protection.
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