Doctors perform an emergency C-section and give birth to a baby with a rare skin disease.

Jennie Wilklow of Highland, New York, eagerly awaited the arrival of her daughter, Anna. Despite multiple ultrasounds and doctor’s checkups suggesting a healthy baby, Anna’s birth revealed a rare condition – harlequin ichthyosis.

After a C-section at 34 weeks, Jennie held Anna and felt an overwhelming love. However, her husband’s somber revelation about Anna’s condition left her in shock. Anna had harlequin ichthyosis, a disorder causing thick, diamond-shaped plates and severe skin splitting.

“Her delicate skin hardened within seconds of birth, followed by severe splitting, leaving her with gaping wounds all over her body,” Jennie explained. Despite grim survival odds, Anna thrived, embodying pure beauty.

Harlequin ichthyosis has no cure; treatment involves extensive care, including frequent showers and moisturization. Jennie faced challenges like envisioning adorable outfits for Anna. She created an Instagram page, “harlequin diva,” raising awareness about the disease and sharing Anna’s reality.

“Anna won many people’s hearts because she embodies perfection in its purest form,” Jennie proudly stated. Anna’s journey highlights the everyday struggles, fostering understanding and support.

Jennie now understands that Anna was destined for her. Together, they redefine the world’s perception of true beauty. Anna’s story inspires others to celebrate strength and beauty, transcending differences.