Throughout history, there have been cases of people with strange and unique medical conditions that make them act, look, or feel differently than other people. One of such is Olivia Farnsworth.
Farnsworth is an 11-year-old UK born girl who belongs to this league of extraordinary individuals. She suffers from a congenital condition known as Chromosome 6 deletion which prevents her from feeling pain, hunger, or fatigue.
For reasons medical experts cannot explain, Olivia’s Chromosome 6—which accounts for about 6% of the body’s total DNA and are responsible for immune responses and other complex body functions—were totally deleted during the process of cell division.
Due to this chromosome deletion, her body does not function normally as it should. Luckily for Olivia, her intellectual development has not been impaired by her condition, and she’s able to live a normal life like every other kid. However, no one knows how this chromosomal anomaly will affect her in the future.
Due to her unique ability to do without sleep, food, and feel no pain, doctors have nicknamed her “The Bionic Girl” and Olivia’s family fondly refer to her as “Girl of Steel”.
Since very little is known about Olivia’s peculiar case of Chromosome 6 deletion, there is no known cure or treatment for her condition.
Facts You Don’t Know About Olivia Farnsworth
1. She hardly cried as a child
When Olivia Fairnsworrth was a baby she rarely ever cried. She stopped falling asleep during the day at nine months old and has had a hard time sleeping ever since. Due to her condition, her hair didn’t grow until she was four years old so people usually teased her about being a boy.
2. How her condition was discovered
Olivia’s condition didn’t come to light until she was about 7 years old and was involved in an accident. While walking to school with her mother and siblings, she was hit by a car and dragged down the road. Everyone was screaming in horror, but Olivia simply got up and walked back to her mother like nothing happened after the car let her go.
She was taken to the hospital and doctors noted that although she had tire marks on her chest and no skin on her hip and toe, she was perfectly fine. She did not suffer a fracture because she couldn’t recognize that she was in danger, so her body didn’t tense up when the car ran over her.
3. She once had a torn lip in school
In nursery school, Olivia fell down and suffered a torn lip with a broken tooth buried in it. Other children would have screamed out in pain or promptly started crying, but Olivia just walked over to her teacher with her bloodstained face and informed her that she had fallen down. At the hospital, the doctor noticed that Olivia wasn’t feeling anything as he inspected her injury and he was able to perform plastic surgery on her to fix her wounds without any anesthesia.
4. Olivia Farnsworth can also go without sleep
Olivia can go up to six days without sleep or food. However, her mother makes sure she consumes the necessary calories so her body doesn’t suffer. Olivia has to take sleeping pills every night to get much-needed rest.
5. She has a constant medical check-up
Due to her condition, Olivia has to have medical checkups done every week to check whether she has sustained any internal injuries or is falling sick because her body doesn’t register or display signs of illness like that of a normal person.
6. Olivia Farnsworth is one of the very few people with her condition
Although there are over 100 reported cases of Chromosome 6p deletion in the worldwide medical database, all of which are extremely rare, Olivia’s case is the rarest of them all. She is the only person in the world who manifests all three symptoms of no hunger, sleep, or pain.
7. The girl who feels no pains can have violent outbursts
One unfortunate symptom of Olivia’s condition is occasional violent outbursts. According to her mother, Olivia becomes extremely angry sometimes and tries to harm other people with whatever she can find, starts forcefully hitting her own head on the wall, or swears loudly.
8. No one seems to be able to help her
A number of psychiatrists and psychologists have been consulted to help with Olivia’s anger issues, but they haven’t been able to do much about it because it’s a symptom of the structural problems in her chromosome and there’s no known way to rectify that.
9. Olivia Farnsworth is a really picky eater
Since she feels no hunger, she also doubles as a picky eater. Sometimes all she can stomach is milkshakes and she has been known to survive only on chicken noodles and butter sandwiches for months at a stretch.
10. Her family is raising awareness on the condition
The Bionic Girl and her family are raising awareness about Chromosome disorders and crowdfunding to help them fund research that could shed better light on Olivia’s condition.