A 16-year-old student from England passed away suddenly while chewing on her hair, after suffering from a rare disorder known as “Rapunzel Syndrome.”
New York Post reports that Jasmine Beever (pictured left), of Skegness, England, died on September 7 from peritonitis, an infectious and life-threatening disease marked by inflammation of the the tissue that supports and lines the abdomen and its inner wall. The disease typically occurs from a bacterial or fungal infection.
In Jasmine’s case, medical experts said they found a clump of hair in her stomach that became infected. Eventually, it caused an ulcer. The ulcer began to burst, causing the teen’s organs to shut down.
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According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine National Institutes of Health (NIH) , people who swallow their own may suffer from a psychiatric disorder called Rapunzel Syndrome.
The girl’s death came as a shock to her loved ones. She’s been described as bubbly and amazing. Donna Marshall, the mother of a friend of the teen, said Jasmine had the ability to make an entire room smile.
“Jasmine was amazing. She was one of those kids where she would make a sad face in the room smile. She was so bubbly.”
Marshall’s daughter, one of Jasmine’s best friends, set up a JustGiving fundraiser to help the victim’s family out with medical and funeral expenses after the girl’s surprising death.
“Anyone that knew Jasmine knew what a Wonderful, Caring girl she was. She had a real zest for Life [sic].” the fundraiser reads. “There was never a gloomy face around Jaz because she would go out of her way to make you smile. Even people she didn`t [sic] know. She would always offer a helping hand for anyone that was struggling or offer her shoulder and a hug to anyone that was having a bad day.”
According to the NIH, less than 40 cases of Rapunzel’s Syndrome have been reported in children.
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