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Brenna Westlake is 10 years old and living an extraordinary life

‘Baby Brenna’ is now a growing girl

Brenna Westlake was born in December 2011 with Harlequin Ichthyosis (HI), a very rare and sometimes fatal skin disease. Through a united effort, a team of SIU physicians and caregivers, led by neonatologist Dharmendra Nimavat, MD, and pediatric dermatologist Joseph Conlon, Brenna is living a happy and healthy life. 

The story of Brenna’s early care was chronicled in the Spring 2012 issue of Aspects. Now 10 years later, we check in with her mother Courtney to see how the precocious fifth-grader and her family are doing.

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