A twelve year old girl from Haughton, Louisiana named Danielle McCraven may die if she swims, takes a bath or does anything that requires her coming in contact with water.
This is because she has an allergy called aquagenic urticaria, which is very rare around the world and is said to affect only about a hundred people in the world.
Everytime the twelve year old girl weeps, or sweats, she sees painful hives breaking out of her delicate skin. This has led her to give up her childhood hobby of swimming and has even led her to avoid taking her bath or shower, as it could prove very threatening to her health.
Reports from the Daily mail says she began to develop an itchy and painful rash whenever she came into contact with water – and now has to carry an EpiPen in case she goes into anaphylactic shock.
According to Danielle’s mother, Sari, who is 39 years old, ‘It’s painful and really hard for her, I don’t know what’s going through her head because it’s miserable for her. She used to love swimming and she was in tears last summer when she couldn’t go swimming with her friends.”
Explaining the effect of the deadly and rare condition, Sari said: “‘It can cause her to go into anaphylactic shock or it can get into her lungs if she has a bad break out so it is life-threatening.”
Danielle’s mother also said that Danielle is allergic to bottle water, salt water and tap water, although she can have the water ingested into her body. She also explains, in addition to using drugs while taking her bath, Danielle must also be supervised in order for her not to die.