Little Girl Has Such A Strange Condition That Can't Even Be Hugged


Isla Grist is from Scotland, and is only seven years old, but since her birth she was diagnosed with a genetic disorder called dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (EDBR), characterized by the fragility of the skin. Being a rare disorder, the condition causes Isla to have a limited life, because even inside her throat, she may be affected by bubbles. Besides she needs to be fed by tubes that go into the stomach and be bandaged from head to toe. 

Moreover, her illness requires her to always have someone around to take care of her, so, she can't go to school alone. The wounds on her skin are formed by the appearance of painful blisters and red spots that leave many scars, similar to third-degree burns. A simple hug can have terrible consequences for Isla. According to her mother, Rachel; there are many people who look at the girl and ask if her parents abuse of her and burn her at home, which makes her very angry.


Her mother says that, at first, she did not know there was something wrong with her baby, who was born in 2008 in one of the bathrooms of her home. Paramedics had to help the child in a hurry, and it seemed that she had suffered terrible burns. "Isla's skin is very fragile, it's like wet tissue paper," she said. "Even simple things, like a sneeze can compromise the layer skin of her mouth, or an itch can hurt her hands and feet." Epidermolysis bullosa (EB) is a general term to describe a group of genetic skin diseases (caused by defective genes inherited from both parents) that can leave the skin very fragile. Any trauma or friction can cause the appearance of painful blisters.

What is the Epidermolysis bullosa?

In the case of Isla, the disease appeared in its rarest form, known as Recessive dystrophic epidermolysis bullosa (REBD). In this case, the body does not produce collagen 7, which iis responsible for keeping the skin cells together. In most cases, the symptoms of EB can be observed from birth. There is no cure for the disease and the only treatment tries to prevent infection of bubbles. 

So far, all what Isla can do is learn to live with this condition and continue waiting for a cure for this terrible disease.