Baby with rare skin condition abandoned at Italian hospital

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A baby born with a rare condition that means he must be kept from direct sunlight has been abandoned at a hospital in Turin, Italian media say.

The four-month-old, named Giovannino, has harlequin ichthyosis – a genetic condition that causes thick, dry skin.

Nurses have been caring for him since his birth in August, but he may need to leave the hospital within weeks.

Staff are taking it in turns to push Giovannino around the hospital corridors, the nurse added. “We all dream that he will soon have a little room of his own.”

Local authorities are reportedly aware of the situation and have been trying to track down the parents for a response. They are also looking at providing a temporary home for Giovannino, but his condition means that he needs special care.



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