Shanya A. Isom suffers from a rare skin condition. The 28-year-old woman grows human nails instead of hair on her head.
In 2009, Shanya had an asthma attack that was treated with steroids by her doctors. She had an allergic reaction to the medicine and soon started developing bumps on her leg. Her skin tone also darkened.
She was tested several times for a range of conditions like eczema and staph infections. None of which were correct.
In 2011, Isom was taken to John Hopkins Hospital in Baltimore. There doctors determined that her hair folicles were producing nails instead of hair.
since her diagnosis and ongoing treatment, Isom’s life has improved. She said she could not sit or walk before the treatments. Now, she is able to walk with a cane and sometimes on her own.
Unfortunately, her state-issued insurance does not cover all medical expenses including her specialist care. Her medical bills have skrocketed to $250,000.
She has setup the S.A.I. Foundation to rase money for her medical bills and hopefully help ohers who may develop the same condition.
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