In 1993, Tomm Tennent was born in Southern Australia. The boy became the first person in the world to be born with the ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟeᴅ sᴋɪɴ of his entire body. Just born, Tomm’s skin was as much as a 5-year-old child, before that all ᴜʟᴛʀᴀsᴏᴜɴᴅ results were completely normal.
The boy’s parents were also surprised and sᴛᴜɴɴeᴅ when they first saw their son. Tomm’s father said: “I was surprised, I didn’t think a baby would look that way.” His mother, Debbie Tennenet, expressed her heart racing when she saw Tomm, but when holding her son in her lap, she aroused a warm feeling, wanting to love and soothe the child.
For all the medical ʀeseᴀʀᴄʜ of the time, Tomm’s condition was a mystery. Sᴄɪeɴᴛɪsᴛs do not find the cause of Tomm’s excess skin, nor have any ᴛʀᴇᴀᴛᴍᴇɴᴛ to cure. They can only hope that condition improves as the boy grows up. Along with that, many sᴄɪeɴᴛɪsᴛs also spend time and money to ʀeseᴀʀᴄʜ on the problem Tomm encountered, in order to treat similar cases that may occur in the future.
Tomm spent 2 and a half months in the medical center, going through tests and analyzes. Sᴄɪeɴᴛɪsᴛs have faced a huge challenge, because there is no precedent to ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇ ᴀɴᴅ ᴄᴏᴍᴘᴀʀᴇ. After digging deeper, they found a few clues. Ʀeseᴀʀᴄʜers found that the level of Hyaluronic acid found in Tomm’s skin was 100 times higher than normal, which is also the cause of ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟeᴅ sᴋɪɴ in the kind of dog (of Chinese origin). This dog will be less wrinkled when it grows up, so the only hope with Tomm and his family is that everything will be better when he grows up. Sᴄɪeɴᴛɪsᴛs predict the level of Hyaluronic acid in the boy’s skin will decrease over time. Tomm’s doctor, Andrew Ramsden, says that the condition will almost completely go away as he gets older.
Fortunately, what the experts predicted was completely correct, Tomm’s condition gradually got better over time. His ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟeᴅ sᴋɪɴ like an old man and the creases on his body gradually disappeared. Even though she couldn’t be completely smooth as a normal person, Tomm now looks a lot different from the past. Currently, Tomm is still a famous name, often mentioned in his homeland, but he and his family have also faced ɴᴇɢᴀᴛɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴏᴍᴍᴇɴᴛs.
“Once I was shopping at a bakery when a woman came up and said, ‘How can you let a kid like this go out, you have to leave it at home.’ I was in s.a.d, “Tomm’s mother said.
At the age of 11, Tomm told 60MinutesAustralia that when he started school, he sometimes felt s.a.d because some other kids at school didn’t want to play with him. When asked if I worry about how my friends see me, Tomm replied, “I’m not worried, because they are my friends and won’t judge what I look like.” Tomm expressed that when he looked at himself in the mirror, he felt that he was a kind person. “Sometimes people encourage me to look great, or people just keep quiet.”
Tomm’s parents were completely proud of their son. “He’s a good kid. We are happy for what he has achieved, he does well in school and knows how to do things,” Tomm’s father said.
Tomm’s family says that they have never been ᴀsʜᴀᴍᴇᴅ or want to hide him from the eyes of others, because parents believe that their child’s beauty comes from the inner soul, behind the sᴇᴇᴍɪɴɢʟʏ sᴋɪɴ, that ᴜɢʟʏ.
After many years, to ᴀᴠᴏɪᴅ sᴄʀᴜᴛɪɴʏ from others, Tomm no longer shared his personal life and status on the Internet or with the media. However, many people are still curious about the image of this special boy in the present. In the program 60 Minutes Australia, Tom shared that when he was a child due to his different appearance, he was isolated by some friends in the class, but then everything was fine when he had close friends. He shared that he was not too worried about how his friends thought about his strange appearance:
Tomm was 27 years old and became a completely normal man. He is married and has a happy small family of his own. Currently, Tomm is confident and sociable with those around him. Overcoming the barriers of appearance, Tomm has always been a good person and pride of his parents. Currently he is a confident guy, sociable with everyone around.