HEALTH

The ‘human snake’: Indian girl, 16, who sheds her skin every six weeks and has to constantly smear moisturiser on her body is set to get life-changing surgery

A ‘human snake’ teenager who sheds her skin every six weeks because of a rare condition is set to get life-improving treatment in Europe.

Shalini Yadav, 16, needs to constantly smear her body with moisturiser and have a bath every hour to stop it from hardening and seizing up.

But her family are so poor they couldn’t afford any specialist treatment to ease her ailments, leaving her unable to walk without a stick or straighten her limbs.

Local fundraisers heard about her painful existence and alerted hospitals around the world – including one in Spain who has now agreed to treat Shalini for free.

The teenager, from Nowgong town in Chattarpur district of the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, will fly to Spain tomorrow for treatment.

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