Woman with Harlequin Ichthyosis Delivers a Healthy Baby Boy

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Woman with Harlequin Ichthyosis Delivers a Healthy Baby Boy
First known case of a woman affected with Harlequin Ichthyosis Giving Birth

COLMAR, PA (May 25, 2013) – In Little Rock, Arkansas, 20-year-old Stephanie Turner, of Wynne, Arkansas, gave birth to William Curtis Drake Turner at Little Rock Hospital on Saturday, May 25, 2013.  Little Will, as his parents will call him, weighed 7 pounds, 10 ounces, and mother and son are said to be resting comfortably.

Stephanie, who is affected with the very rare skin disorder Harlequin ichthyosis, was not sure if she would be able to carry a child.  She and her husband Curt were thrilled last October when they realized they were expecting.  Stephanie was treated at a high-risk OB/GYN and her pregnancy was relatively normal.

Stephanie is a member of the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.® (FIRST).  Founded in 1981, FIRST is the only foundation in the United States dedicated to helping those affected with all forms of ichthyosis. 

“There is no known cure for ichthyosis, only treatments,” said Jean Pickford, Executive Director of FIRST.  “This is a very exciting time in the ichthyosis community.  It offers hope that those affected with Harlequin ichthyosis can certainly lead happy and fulfilling lives.”

According to FIRST, each year, more than 16,000 babies are born with some form of ichthyosis, of those, approximately 300 are born with a moderate to severe form.  This disease affects people of all ages, races, and gender. The disease usually presents at birth, or within the first year, and continues to affect the patient throughout their lifetime. 

About the Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.®
The Foundation for Ichthyosis & Related Skin Types, Inc.® (FIRST) is the only nonprofit foundation in the United States dedicated to families affected by the rare skin disorder ichthyosis.  Approximately 300 babies each year are born with a moderate to severe form of ichthyosis.  FIRST educates, inspires, and connects those touched by ichthyosis and related disorders through emotional support, information, advocacy and has supported more than $1.4 million in research funding for better treatments and eventual cures.  For more information, call toll-free at 1.800.545.3286 or visit www.firstskinfoundation.org.

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