A five-month-old baby girl from the United Kingdom is “turning to stone” due to an extremely rare genetic condition that turns muscles into bones. Lexi Robins was born on January 31 and seemed like any other normal baby, except she did not move her thumb and had bigger toes. Her concerned parents took her to the doctors. But it took a while before Lexi was diagnosed with a life-limiting disease called Fibrodysplasia Ossification Progressiva (FOP), which affects just one in two million.
Five-month-old baby girl in UK ‘turning to stone
The FOP can lead to bone formation outside the skeleton and restrict movement. It is believed to replace muscles and connective tissues, such as tendons and ligaments, with bone. Thus, it is generally perceived that the condition turns a body into stone. People with this disease, which has no proven treatment, can be bedridden by the age of 20 and their life expectancy is around 40 years.
She cannot receive injections, vaccines & dental care
Due to this disorder, Lexi’s condition may worsen rapidly if she suffers any minor trauma, as simple as falling over. She cannot receive injections, vaccination and dental care. Also, cannot give birth. “She is absolutely brilliant. She sleeps through the night, she smiles and laughs constantly, hardly ever cries. That is why we want to keep her,” Lexi’s mother Alex told HertsLive.
Lexi’s parents have started a fundraiser for research to find a cure for the baby girl. They are also running an awareness campaign to alert other parents whose children might have similar conditions.
Reportedly, scientists are working, on the funds of a charity, to find a cure for the disorder. Also, the mother Alex and the father Dave have spoken to some experts, who said that there are active clinical trials that have proven somewhat successful.