Boy-fish, covered with scales from head to toe

Boy-fish, covered from head to foot with “scales”

August 2, 2013

A child born with a rare genetic disorder cannot sleep at night because of the “scales” with which his entire body is strewn, and which causes him unbearable pain.

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Among residents of the eastern Chinese province of Zhejiang, the eight-year-old Ban Jianhang is known as "boy-fish." From head to toe, the child is covered with itchy, thick, rhombic-shaped crusts, which are separated from each other by deep cracks, which makes his skin look like fish scales.

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Pan Jianhang was born with a rare genetic disease - ichthyosis, because of which he had to live all eight years of his life with unbearable pain. Very often the boy has extreme scabies. According to the Argentinean newspaper El Periodico, Pan’s mother says that her son wants to be healthy and never to itch.

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Severe skin disease, which caused serious skin lesions, affected the shape of his eyelids, nose, mouth, and ears, and also limits the movement of his arms and legs.

According to the Foundation for Aid to Ichthyosis, more than 16,000 babies are born every year with this or that form of this disease. There are cases with symptoms varying in severity among children with ichthyosis.

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Today, modern medicine can not offer people suffering from this disease, any effective medication. All that doctors can do is alleviate the suffering of their patients. In particular, doctors are confident that cold water can reduce the symptoms of overheating, and thick cream to prevent cracking of the skin. Currently, doctors are looking for other ways to treat the boy.

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Pan is not the first child to be on the front pages of newspapers due to his illness. In 2012, a documentary film titled “The Boy Who Calls the Fish” was shot. The film tells about the 18-year-old orphan from Vietnam Min Anya, who also suffers from ichthyosis.

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