Ashlyn is among a tiny number of people in the world known to have congenital insensitivity to pain with anhidrosis, or CIPA — a rare genetic disorder that makes her unable to feel pain.
“Some people would say that’s a good thing. But no, it’s not,” says Tara Blocker, Ashlyn’s mother. “Pain’s there for a reason. It lets your body know something’s wrong and it needs to be fixed. I’d give anything for her to feel pain.”
I know I've wished I didn't feel pain at one time or another, but this is incomprehensible!
Lets do some sexy math. We add you, subtract your clothes, divide your legs and multiply
Beefer From United States of America, joined Jun 2003, 390 posts, RR: 0
Reply 3, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 3 days 9 hours ago) and read 2200 times:
I know that there is a 3-4 year old girl in Minnesota right now who has the same condition as the girl in the story above. KARE Channel 11 in Minneapolis has been running stories off and on about her over the past few months.
The Minnesota girl has had similar expereinces to the Georgia girl except that the Minnesota girl is now blind in one eye because she had been scratching her eyeball. Remember, she can't feel pain, so she didn't know that she wasn't supposed to be doing that. She now has to wear swim goggles at all times to keep her fingers away from her eyes so she doesn't scratch the other one up also. The other thing I remember from the stories was that she was constantly banging her head into things (walls, doors, windows) in a very hard way. I mean she would be walking through a doorway and she would just smack her head on the frame of the door. I also remember that she has broken many bones already in her young life. Scary condition.....
Dl021 From United States of America, joined May 2004, 11447 posts, RR: 74
Reply 6, posted (10 years 5 months 3 weeks 2 days 13 hours ago) and read 2040 times:
You know, I was going to make a joke about the capacity of the human female to withstand incredible physical hardship is not surprising. After all, they do bleed for days on end and don't die...but my wife read over my shoulder and smacked me.
Number one..it was a tasteless joke for which I apologize, and number two...she made me read the article. She had heard of this from a friend.
This is a terrible thing to have as its implications and potential for physical disaster are awful. I have great empathy for this girl and her parents, and I hope that they are able to prevent harm from coming to this girl from her inability to know when she is in pain. She will be in danger that the rest of us will never understand for the rest of her life.