The 25-year-old woman has a rare condition that makes her turn into like a statue. The cause is that her meat can change into bones. Even a slight tap on the skin can accelerate the coagulation of meat to bone.
Now, Pratt can not even move her neck. She has limited jaw movement, and she is unable to raise her hands above her head. A large ribbon-shaped bone has formed around her back. Pratt and the doctors are now racing against time to find a cure before her body is ‘locked’ and changes her into a statue.
Pratt, who comes from Stourbridge, West Midlands but lives in London said: “The condition is progressive, so it became increasingly worse. I try not to think about the future. It’s no use to think so,” she said, according to the Dailymail.
In her struggle with this mysterious disease, there is one biggest fear for Pratt, “I do not want to be in a wheelchair. I love my freedom.”
Pratt’s condition known as Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP), which makes the sufferer difficult to do everyday tasks. Due to her condition, Pratt can not drive, she even has to struggle to comb her hair.
Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva (FOP),sometimes referred to as Stone Man Syndrome, is an extremely rare disease of the connective tissue. A mutation of the body’s repair mechanism causes fibrous tissue (including muscle, tendon, and ligament) to be ossified when damaged. In many cases, injuries can cause joints to become permanently frozen in place. Surgical removal of the extra bone growths has been shown to cause the body to “repair” the affected area with more bone.
FOP is a rare condition, which is usually detected since the age of five. However, in Pratt’s case, there are no symptoms until the age of 15 years old. In the UK sufferers recorded with this disease is only 45 people.
“I felt fine until one day I fell and a large lump appeared on my back, right across my shoulder blades.” she said.
There is also a swollen lump on the palm of her hand. “It was very painful,” she said.
After a few days, her family checked Pratt to the doctor and did a biopsy. Doctors diagnosed with necrotising myositis proliferative before then diagnosed with FOP.
Both of her parents, Nick and Sheryll were warned to avoid Lucy from things most children his age favored, such as sports. Despite the difficult, Lucy managed to finish school and applied to the University of Oxford. Pratt is now working full time in a biomedical company.
Although struggling with her condition, she hoped to live a normal life someday and will be able to have children even though her chances is smaller.
“I want children, but the doctor said my chances is just 50/50 because of FOP. I hope when I have children later, there will be a cure for this disease.”
Lucy’s mother, Sheryll Hadley, 54, who is chairman of the British OP charity, said the positive attitude of her daughter made her proud. “she does what she could do. she always has such properties.”
Professor Paul Wordsworth, an expert on FOP from Oxford University, said, “FOP is the most debilitating condition that I have ever dealt with. Sufferers may develop a bone from the external network that makes them become like a statue.”
He added, “Isolating the gene that causes the freezing of meat and the external network, a breakthrough to halt bone growth and prevent the spread of this disease,” he said.
Children born with FOP have deformed big toes, possibly missing a joint or simply presenting with a notable lump at the minor joint. The first “flare-up” that leads to the formation of FOP bones usually occurs before the age of 10. FOP is a genetic disease. The bone growth progresses from the top downward, just as bones grow in fetuses. A child with FOP will typically develop bones starting at the neck, then on the shoulders, arms, chest area and finally on the feet. Specifically, FOP involvement is typically seen first in the dorsal, axial, cranial and proximal regions of the body. Later the disease progresses in the ventral, appendicular, caudal and distal regions of the body. However it does not necessarily occur in this order due to injury-caused flare-ups. Often, the tumor-like lumps that characterize the disease appear suddenly.Recent search: pepper fibrodysplasia ossificans progressivaTagged with: Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva, Lucy Prat FOP, Lucy Pratt, Lucy Pratt Fibrodysplasia ossificans progressiva,