Rare Skin Disease Makes People In Brazilian Village "Melt Away"
5/9/2014 7:54:15 AM
Inhabitants from a village snuggled among the hills midwest of Brazil suffer from a phenomenon known as xeroderma pigmentosum (XP). They are known as the largest group of its kind to have this rare genetic condition. One in 40 residents in Araras, a farming community in Brazil, have “melted away” over the years, due to the rare skin disease that causes sensitivity to the sun. Djalama Antonio Jardim, 38, has suffered from XP since he was 9 years old, and even after 50 surgeries later to remove skin tumors, his condition continues to deteriorate.
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