Vietnamese ‘vampire’ girl

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Porphyrin syndrome

A five-year-old girl from Hanoi, Vietnam has been diagnosed with a rare ‘vampire syndrome’ disease.

Doctors from the Vietnam Dermatology Association have diagnosed the young child with porphyria, also known as ‘vampire syndrome’. The disease has strong connotations with the legends of vampires and werewolves, the little girl is ultra sensitive to direct sunlight, and also very hairy.

The girl was brought into hospital a month ago suffering from severely blistered skin and scarring from previous blistering. Porphyria is an extremely rare genetic condition with less than 1,000 cases worldwide, it is also untreatable. Doctors can only hope to manage the condition, and treat any existing wounds.

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