A California woman gave birth with a rare genetic disorder that left her with hair that had to be combed by a robotic hair removal machine.
She told ABC News she had been told by her surgeon that she had a rare condition that meant her hair could not be combing, but that her condition made it worth it to remove her hair.
Her condition was known as “facial dysmorphic disorder” and her family had hoped that a genetic disorder could help her control her hair, but she was told that it was not a possibility.
“I’ve been told my hair could grow out of control, and the only way I can do that is to have the machine,” said Rachel Hirsch, who gave her first baby at age 28, ABC affiliate KCAL reported.
She said her hair was already out of proportion, and she had to comb it every morning, every night and even when she was sick, when she could not walk.
“It’s not something you can do in your own life,” she said.
“It’s very painful.”
Hirsch had to take medication to suppress her hair growth, but her doctors told her it was fine to leave her hair in place.
She has since had three babies, and now she is looking forward to having a fourth baby.
“We’re hoping that we can give our babies that same type of experience and hopefully, they’ll be able to live a long life with that kind of hair,” Hirsch said.
“This is the best feeling ever,” said her husband, Reza.
The couple is also raising their daughter, Ava, who has a rare disorder called “femur-like hair syndrome.”
Hochschild said she did not know if her condition would affect her ability to be a mother, but hoped it would.
“The last thing we want is for her to go through something that she’s going to regret, but we just want to help her to live as long as possible,” she told KCAL.