A Baby Girl Who ‘Never Stops Smiling’ Is Living With A Rare Skin Condition That Makes Her Skin Crack

Baby Anna, born in 2017, faces a rare skin condition called Harlequin ichthyosis. Soon after birth, her skin began to harden and crack, causing open wounds. The diagnosis came as a shock to her parents, and Anna spent her first month in the hospital.

Harlequin ichthyosis results from mutations in the ABCA12 gene, leading to thick and scaled skin at birth. Babies with this condition may have difficulty breathing, feeding, and are more likely to be premature. However, advancements in neonatal care have improved survival rates.

To manage her condition, Anna requires extensive care, including frequent bathing and the application of ointments to prevent skin cracking. Her body produces extra skin, requiring a daily intake of 2,100 calories.

Anna’s family started a GoFundMe to support her medical needs, and her online presence has garnered significant attention. Her Instagram and Facebook pages share her daily life, skincare routines, and the challenges she faces.

Despite her condition, Anna is known for her perpetual smile, spreading awareness about Harlequin ichthyosis and the importance of overcoming obstacles with grace. Over $10,000 has been raised to support ichthyosis research through Anna’s internet presence.