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18th Feb 2023

Praise for Claudia Scanlon following moving Late Late Show appearance

Kat O'Connor

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy”

19-year-old Claudia Scanlon has been praised following her moving Late Late Show appearance.

The teenager spoke out about living with the skin condition epidermolysis bullosa during her interview.

The rare condition causes the skin to blister and makes it extremely fragile.

According to DEBRA Ireland, EB is a genetic skin blistering condition. Babies born with EB have skin that can blister at the slightest touch.

Unfortunately, there is currently no treatment or cure.

Claudia appeared on the show alongside rugby player and DEBRA Ireland supporter Johnny Sexton.

Speaking about her condition, Claudia told viewers that it is one of the worst conditions to have.

Claudia explained that her condition affects her externally, as well as internally.

“It affects every aspect of my life.”

“It’s one of the worst conditions, I know I’m biased, that I think is out there.

“I wouldn’t wish this on my worst enemy,” Claudia said.

“It’s a living hell and that’s the only way I can describe it,” she shared.

Claudia continued, “No one can go through this and not be affected by it.”

“I don’t want to sit in the corner and cry about it”

Despite the constant pain and the difficulties her condition causes, Claudia has an incredibly positive attitude. She said she owes it to herself to live her life.

“I try to be as positive as possible because I want to live my life, I have the right and I deserve to live the life that I was given.

Claudia, “I don’t want to sit in the corner and cry about it.”

“I don’t want to throw my life away, I’m here and I have a life to live.”

Viewers were left in tears following Claudia’s inspiring interview.

One wrote, “Claudia reminding us all what gratitude is. Happy people don’t have the best of everything, they make the best of what they have.”

Another said, “What a brave young woman. You’re an inspiration.”

Another shared, “She is a beautiful soul and a tremendous inspiration for us plodding mortals.”

Over €240,000 was raised for DEBRA Ireland following Claudia’s incredibly touching appearance. You can support them here.