The teen whose skin grows too fast

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The teen whose skin grows too fast
The teen whose skin grows too fast

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.

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