Tuesday 27 June 2017

'Bionic' girl can't feel pain, hunger or tiredness

Clare Cullen

Clare Cullen

A seven-year-old girl from Huddersfield in West Yorkshire in is being described by doctors as "bionic" because she cannot feel pain and never feels tired or hungry.

Olivia Farnsworth has a rare condition known as chromosome 6 deletion, which means she is unable to feel pain, hunger or tiredness.

Olivia's mother Niki Trepak(32) told the Huffington Post that Olivia has "no sense of danger" due to her unusual condition.

She explained that Olivia was previously "hit by a car" and "didn't complain".

"She got run over and dragged down the street by a car... it was horrendous. I don't think it's something I will ever get over".

"I was screaming... she just got up and started walking back to me".

Olivia only had minor injuries from the incident due to her lack of fear.

"The doctors think what saved her from injury was she didn't tense up".

Olivia has previously bitten through her own lip and "not even noticed", according to Trepak.

"She also once fell badly and ripped her lip off and didn’t say anything. She had to have major plastic surgery to correct it".

"She doesn't let any of this affect her - because for her, she's normal. She's never experienced pain, or hunger, or tiredness".

She said that Olivia's condition is 'so rare' that it does not have a name.

"It was such a battle for us to find out what was causing her symptoms. The doctors had no idea what could be wrong with her".

"This is why I want to raise awareness of chromosome six problems".

Trepak added that as part of her condition, Olivia is prone to "occasional outbursts and violence".

"She’s head-butted me, punched and kicked me and can have outbursts of swearing which can be embarrassing if we’re out in public".

Trepak is raising money for research into the condition via a skydive and a charity tattoo-athon.

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