Friday, 24 August 2012

Girl with a strange hair brushing syndrome

Sounds strange but in this strange world there are people who have to face the worse.We all know Combing the hair is part of every teenager’s daily routine.

This Scottish schoolgirl has been given a dire warning that she could die by simply brushing her hair.

Megan Stewart dices with death each time she combs her locks or touches balloons because of an extremely rare medical condition.

The 13-year-old suffers from Hair Brushing Syndrome, which was only discovered by her mother as she was getting her daughter ready for her first day at primary six.

Brave Megan Stewart is also at risk if she wears polyester clothing and can't touch balloons at parties as static electricity could cause her brain to shut down.

And her mum Sharon said: "When we comb her hair, we have to lay her down and cover her head with water to stop any static building up.

"She can't rub balloons on her head at parties and she can't wear any shiny clothing."

The condition came to light in 2008 as Megan got ready for her first day in primary six.

Little is known about the condition, but it's thought it may be a result of birth complications.

Sharon, of Wishaw, Lanarkshire, was diagnosed with pre-eclampsia three months before she was due to give birth.

It meant there was a problem with the placenta, leaving her with dangerously high blood pressure, and she had to have an emergency caesarian.

The teenager, from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, was rushed to Wishaw General Hospital where it was diagnosed and it is thought the little-known illness may be a result of her birth complications.

Megan was born weighing just 2lb 5oz and fit in the palm of a man’s hand.

She had a diaphragmatic hernia, or a hole in her diaphragm.

This meant her stomach moved right up through and into her chest, only allowing space for one lung to grow.

But the bizarre condition means Megan now has to avoid static charges in her day-to-day life.

Megan, also suffers from asthma and a condition called dorsal stream dysfunction, which makes it difficult to see fast-moving objects, like footballs.

'She really did defy all odds. She’s a little miracle.'

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