A critically ill boy has been given a second chance at life following an experimental treatment for his incurable skin disease.
The unnamed young patient was 7years-old when he was hospitalized with severe blisters throughout his body. About 60 per cent of his outer layer of skin was destroyed and he was immediately placed in an induced coma.
According to the Associated Press, doctors at Children's Hospital at Ruhr University in Bochum, Germany used experimental gene therapy on the boy when the solutions of skin grafts and donor skin failed.
"We were forced to do something dramatic because this kid was dying," said Dr. Michele De Luca, who traveled from Italy to treat the young patient.
The parents were frantically searching for new treatment methods for their son who couldn't comprehend why he was suffering from junctional epidermolysis bullosa. The rare disease is caused by genetic mutations and causes the individuals to lose "critical proteins that attach the outer layer of the skin to the inner layer, resulting in fragile skin with almost constant blisters and open sores."
"He was in severe pain and asking a lot of questions," the boy's father said in a video provided by the hospital. "Why do I suffer from this disease? Why do I have to live this life? All children can run around and play, why am I not allowed to play soccer? I couldn't answer these questions."
Luckily the doctors found a solution.