Memphis resident Shanyna Isom, has undergone one of the strangest allergic reactions in medical history.
Doctors claim she is the only one in the world to suffer from it.
Shanyna Isom was stricken with a dangerous asthma attack back in 2009 when it all started. In the emergency room, she was exposed to the large dose of steroid that saved her life, however, triggered the unexplainable changes to her body.
All of her hair follicles on Isom’s body have begun to create 12 times the normal amount of skin cells.
Now the hair on her head and body has instead been replaced with human nails, rendering her unable to walk or even sit up.
Her mother Kathy Gary remembers: “Black scabs were coming out of her skin”. Isom’s body started to itch severely, and after that, her leg turned black.
The medical workers had no clue what was happening. Meanwhile, the disease was progressing. As all the possible tests came negative, Isom was under any possible medication but it seemed to worsen her condition.
Unfortunately, it causes terrible pain and affects Shanyna’s vision and mobility. Despite that, she tries to keep her head up.
In her blog Pray for Shanyna, she reveals: “It has taken all of my hair out and has left my body with scabs all over it, plus I have lost about 200 pounds. Two years ago, I was a healthy woman on my own … had big dreams and goals that I was following until one day my body completely shut down on me.”
Doctors realized that her hair follicles produced nails instead of hair, and her skin lacked oxygen because of it. Additionally, the woman was found to have a significant deficiency of the vitamins A, B, C, D, and K.
Isom has been undergoing a treatment for eczema and allergy, and after neither of it worked, doctors keep wondering what is causing the mysterious disease.
Isom’s mother claims, she is feeling better. She almost started developing depression, but then her condition improved, and she started to feel grateful for everything that is happening to her.
Despite the hardship, she feels “blessed” to have huge support from family and friends. And she keeps having hope that the cure will be found!