A baby girl with one of the world's rarest skin conditions has been born in India - leaving doctors baffled beyond words. The condition, known as Harlequin Ichthyosis, is a severe genetic illness that distorts the skin into armour-like layers which leaves the baby without any external body skin. Forming thick, white plates, the layers are separated by deep cracks which will need constant treatment.
The 23-year-old mother from Amravati in central India, gave birth via caesarean section. Doctors said the baby girl was born with the congenital disorder which would mean the baby will need lifelong treatment to moisturise her outer body.
Hospital staff have been using petroleum jelly and coconut oil to give the child a special nutritional supplement. Harlequin Ichthyosis skin disease affects approximately 1 in 300,000 births. See more pics below: