Woman Growing Fingernails Out of Her Hair Follicles
Why Is This Woman Growing Fingernails Out of
Every Hair Follicle On Her Body?
That's what doctors would like to know.
Shanyna Isom was
studying criminal justice at the University of Memphis when an allergic
reaction to a steroid treatment for an asthma attack cut her dreams
short. Isom subsequently developed a condition that causes her hair
follicles to produce skin cells at 12 times the normal rate.
Essentially, she says, "where hair grows, nails are growing."
That was two years ago, and doctors are still not entirely sure what's causing the debilitating skin disease.
the help of specialists at Baltimore's Johns Hopkins, Isom was able to
control the symptoms. "I couldn't sit up I couldn't walk," she told WMC-TV. "Now I can walk with a cane and sometimes I can walk on my own."
the treatment, which includes taking 17 different medications, is
expensive, and Isom's in-state insurance doesn't cover her out-of-state
expenses. She turned to family and friends and various fundraisers to
help pay off her medical bills, but Isom still owes hundreds of
thousands of dollars.
There's hope yet: Isom, who is believed to be the only one in the world suffering from this mysterious illness, has launched a foundation to help her raise the money she needs.
And Bank of America is accepting donations at any branch nationwide.
The support from friends and well-wishers is what keeps Isom going. "I don't know whether to smile or cry," she told ABC News. "I am very blessed."
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