Instead of hair follicles, MsShanyna Isom has fingernails growing out of her skin. The woman has an unidentified illness which has baffled doctors and left her struggling to walk and perform daily chores.
Three years ago, Ms Isom suffered an allergic reaction which caused her illness.
The 28-year-old former University of Memphis law student has seen every possible specialist, including a doctor in the Netherlands, but still has no idea what her affliction is.
Ms Isom was in her first year at university, where she was studying criminal justice, when the mystery illness first flared up in September 2009, according to WLBT in Memphis, which first reported the story.
She had been prescribed steroids after suffering an asthma attack, and within hours, she was "itching" all over her body.
Her legs then turned black.
Doctors treated her for virtually every condition - from eczema to Staphylococcal infection - without success.
The disease has affected not only MsIsom's skin, but also her bones and vision. Ms Isom cannot walk without a cane, and has to be helped out of bed daily.
Doctors at Johns Hopkins Medical Center in Baltimore, where Ms Isom has been undergoing treatment since last year, realised that the scabs were actually human nails.
Her mother, Ms Kathy Gary, said: "Black scabs were coming out of her skin. The nails would grow so long and come out and regrow themselves. They are hard to touch."
Ms Isom produces 12 times the normal number of skin cells per hair follicle, suffocating her skin. "Where hair grows, nails are growing," MsIsom told WAFB news.
Getting better think her skin isn't getting enough oxygen. She also lacks sufficient amounts of vitamins A, B, C, D and K.
While her condition has not been diagnosed, her symptoms have been brought under control. She is hoping that the results of genetic tests may offer clues to her illness.
"Her legs aren't covered in black scabs," said Ms Gary. "They are looking better, and her face just looks like she has a real bad sunburn."
$8,500 Office Chair that will make you Feel Happy
For $8,500 this chair better make me breakfast in the morning! Developed at MIT, this bizarre-looking creation, by Dr Patrik Kunzler and designer Ben Fluri, focuses on movements of the body and helps with posture as well as relaxation.
The ‘chair’ or LimblC, is also supposed to give the user a sense of total weightlessness, which apparently has a positive effect on the corporate bottom line.
Named after the human limbic system, the part of the brain that stimulates emotion, it is believed to be the first that combines chair design with neuroscience.
Dr Kunzler said: ‘The effortless, upright position relieves the intervertebral disks in the spine by avoiding pressure points.
“And the constant, if minute, movements improve disc nutrition and build up the strength and coordination of the spinal muscles.
The constant, subconscious delicate balancing strengthens muscles and relieves intervertebral discs.
It increases the sense of touch and movement and trains your sense of balance.”
Bill Gates invests millions in toilet
Bill Gates has spotted a problem with the way our flushable toilets work and the lack of them for nearly 2.6 billion people around the globe, and he’s looking to change this in the coming years.
The “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” hosted the “Reinvent the Toilet Fair” this week, where researchers from across the globe gathered to revolutionize the loo.
Prisoners disguise as trash bags
Two prisoners tried to escape from a Brazilian jail disguised as garbage Sidney da Cruz, 24, and Carlos Pereira, 19, waited until lunch time when trash is collected and climed into the plastic bag and placed themselves next to the other bags, huffingtonpost.com reported.
An official passing by sensed something moving and caught them. They are still trying to find out how the prisoners tied themselves up while inside the bag.