Most expectant parents don’t consider the possibility that their unborn child could be born with a serious condition. I mean, rare conditions are just that – rare. So the chances of you bringing a child into the world, a child whose health will always be a pressing concern, are pretty slim.

Well, parents Courtney and Evan Westlake already had a child, a healthy little boy called Connor, but were over the moon when they discovered that a baby girl was now on the way. 

On December 19, 2011, their newest addition to the family was born. They named her Brenna Westlake.

But unbeknownst to both her parents, their daughter Brenna turned out to be one of the very few babies on earth to have been born with Harlequin Ichthyosis.

Throughout the pregnancy, Brenna’s mother, Courtney Westlake, was completely unaware that her child would be born with this rare condition.

Unsurprisingly, Courtney was very shaken up when she realized, upon the birth of her daughter, that she had an illness that would severely impact her life and potential happiness.

Brenna’s skin appeared to be covered in thick white scales and between them were very sore-looking red fissures.