The baby, which one doctor said has the appearance of a rubber doll, was born with collodion – or Lamellar ichthyosis – an inherited skin disorder that affects about one in every 600,000 people.
Collodion babies are born with a shiny waxy outer layer to the skin that is shed about two weeks of the birth. Affected babies are often described as having a shiny film over their skin a bit like a layer of Vaseline. The eyelids and mouth appear forced open because of how tight the skin is.
After about 14 days, the main symptom of the disease becomes apparent – extensive scaling so that the skin resembling fish scales.
The baby has now been discharged from the hospital. Medical experts said if she survives with the condition, she will be at permanent risk of infection, dehydration and hypothermia, but moisturisers and a humidified incubator can help prevent these problems.