Shanyna Isom was studying criminal justice at Memphis University until an allergic reaction to steroid treatment put that on hold. However, she developed a bizarre condition where her hair follicles produce skin cells at 12 times the normal rate. But instead of hair, fingernails were growing. Two years later, doctors are still at a loss.
Specialists from John's Hopkins University were able to help her control the symptoms, but the treatment requires 17 different medications that are very expensive. Despite the help of family, friends and fundraisers, Isom still owes several hundreds of thousands of dollars in medical bills.
Still, all hope is not lost. Because she's most likely the only person in the world suffering from this condition, she's created a foundation to help raise money. Also, Bank of America is accepting donations at any branch across the nation.