A teenager with a rare condition that causes him to shed his skin like a snake has defied doctors' predictions that he wouldn't survive his first year.
Elio Figueredo, 13, of Tampa, Florida, was born with a still undiagnosed congenital complaint, believed to be a form of ichythosis.
His condition means he makes new skin cells too quickly and loses the protective barrier that keeps moisture in his skin – but it also gives him amazing superhero-like powers of healing.
Elio's unusual appearance has made him the target of cruel bullying, but he has learnt to accept his condition and now dreams of one day being a professional chef.
See more of his story in the video above.