Tragic woman whose skin grew too fast for body in rare condition dies aged 32

A woman who suffered from a rare skin disease where her skin grew too fast for her body has died, aged 32.

Hannah Betts was labelled an “inspiration” after she refused to let disorder called Harlequin Ichthyosis affect her.

The Great Yarmouth-native sadly died in hospital from cancer on May 18, but her condition only hits one-in-300,000.

Shockingly, her sister Lucy Betts, 35, also has the same condition.

Paying tribute to her sister Hannah , Lucy said: "I still don't think I can believe she's gone

“Sometimes I want to see her so badly that I feel I can't breathe.

"It's a very big roller-coaster of emotions. It's really hard."

Harlequin ichthyosis is an incurable condition that results in thickened skin over the entire body. Around half of all babies affected died within their first few months.

Lucy added that she and Hannah had to carry out strict daily routines to stop their skin from cracking.

This included morning baths to soak in before rubbing off an excess layer of skin, as well as moisturising throughout the day.

Lucy said: "Having the same condition made our bond so strong. We went through a lot together that we couldn't explain to anyone else.

“I knew exactly how she felt – she stayed with me for the last couple of years. My whole life revolved around her, and we were so lucky to have her in our lives.

  • Woman who only ate crisp sandwiches for 23 years eats proper meal after being hypnotised

"I'll always remember her smile. She was so loving – she loved with her whole being.

“If you wanted to know if your bum looked big in something we would ask Hannah.”

Hannah, who also had cerebral palsy, lived in a bungalow at a supported accommodation facility, and she was diagnosed with T-cell lymphoma in February 2021. She underwent chemotherapy and immunotherapy to treat the cancer, but in February, she was admitted to James Paget Hospital in Great Yarmouth with Covid.

Hannah's parents Jan and Clive Betts paid tribute to their daughter as an "inspirational" woman.

For more shocking stories from the Daily Star, make sure you sign up to one of our newsletters here.

Jan, 71, said: "She will be so sadly missed by so many people.

"She was such an inspiration to so many people. She never stopped smiling. Music was Hannah's biggest passion. She loved singing and dancing."

Clive, 66, added: "She was a very inspirational girl. She had the best smile ever. She fought bravely and unfortunately her little body just couldn't take it anymore.

"As her father I'm so proud of her."

Source: Read Full Article