A teenager dubbed the “human snake” who shed her skin every six weeks for her entire life has been miraculously cured by European doctors in a matter of DAYS.
Shalini Yadav, 16, needed to constantly smear her body with moisturizer and have a bath every hour to stop it from hardening and seizing up.
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.
But doctors in Spain heard about her plight and agreed to treat Shalini for free — with the help of fundraisers from London.
Thanks to medicine which slows down the growth of her cells, her skin stopped shedding scales in just 10 days.
The delighted teenager from Nowgong town in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, returned to India, but will be supported by the medics for life.
Speaking from Spain, she said: “I can’t wait to go back home and show my new face to the people there. Now, I want all those people to come and stare at me.
“Now, I am confident enough to stare back at those who stared at me and made hurtful comments.
“I can’t tell you how happy this makes me.
“It feels great. I haven’t got a new skin, I have just got a new life.
“In India, nobody would come near me as they thought I was suffering from some contagious disease.
“Forget about common people, even doctors would not come near me. They would examine me from a distance.
“But when doctors carried me in his arms to the ambulance, I was touched by his gestures and wondered why don’t we have doctors like him in India.
“My experience in Spain was very different to India.
“In India, whenever I went out, people stared with derision.
“They interrogated me about my illness and suggested various home remedies and treatments. They treated me like a specimen.
“I felt really bad so I stayed home most of the time.”
Doctors diagnosed Shalini with lamellar ichthyosis, an inflammatory skin disease where her skin grows too fast.
Medics in India were unable to treat it, and her skin on her entire body was scaly and would flake off.
Shalini has shed her skin every 45 days since she was born and had to soak her body in water every hour — night and day — and smear himself with lotion every three hours.
A team of 19 specialist doctors from the International Medical Academy in Malaga welcomed her to Hospital Banus in Marbella on September 10.
They gave her $60,000 worth of treatment voluntarily and for free.
Dermatologist Enrique Herrera said: “As you can see, we had a very positive response in just ten days of medication.
“I expect in the next two months she will be completely normal.”
Shalini got help after India-based press agency Newslions, run by Sanjay Pandey, highlighted her plight, who have also helped pay for additional expenses.
Shalini’s two siblings Sejal, 15, and Price, eight, are normal with no such complication.
Her father Rajbahadur, a daily wage worker, said: “Back in India nobody would touch my daughter but here people embraced her wholeheartedly.
“It was really overwhelming to see how much love and compassion Spanish people had for a poor Indian girl with no means.
“People were hugging her, kissing her and showering her with gifts.”
Shalini was flying back to India on Wednesday and is looking forward to returning to school.
“I was thrown out because of my appearance,” she said.
“Now that have got a new skin and appearance nobody can stop me from going to school.
“I want to study well and become a doctor. I want to help people like me. I want to do what the doctors in Spain have done for me.”
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