An young girl suffered a horrific allergic reaction after having a childhood vaccination which left her with ‘no skin’ and agonising sores.
Isabel Olesen, from Melbourne, Victoria, Australia, developed painful blisters all over her body just 48 hours after having an injection – something that left her fighting for her life.
Her mum, Edwina, 39, was horrified and after rushing her to hospital , she was diagnosed with Stevens-Johnson Syndrome (SJS) – a rare but life threatening allergic reaction to medication or an infection.
But she has defied the odds to recover – and is now running triathlons.
Isabel had the worst form of Stevens-Johnsons Syndrome that doctors had ever seen and after being sedated, her skin started to blister and swell.
Edwina barely recognised her daughter and was distraught when just touching Isabel’s skin would cause it to fall off.
The burning smell of flesh is something mum of three, Edwina, will never forget and despite being told Isabel might not make it, she was discharged three months later.
But the side affects of SJS were life changing, Isabel had lost the majority of her sight, and needed to learn to walk, eat and talk all over again.
Despite it all, Isabel is now riding a bike, enjoying her second grade at school and has taken part in three triathlons.
Edwina, a self employed product designer, said: “I’d never seen anything like it, Isabel’s skin was red raw, when I moved her head the skin from her eyebrows and cheek would fall into my hands.
“The smell of burning flesh was stuck to my hands for weeks, it was so traumatising to see her so unwell.
“While in hospital we were called by nurses who warned that she might not make it through.
“I was terrified and my heart was racing so fast that I could have passed out on the way to the hospital.
“Thankfully she was a fighter and made it through.
“SJS is such an awful disease but I’d never heard of it until Isabel was diagnosed.