“When he came out I was quite shocked (…) I didn’t think a human, or a little baby, could ever look like that.”
Back in 1993, the birth of a baby boy named Tomm Tennent from South East Australia stunned not only his parents and doctors, but pretty much the entire world. The story of his mysterious condition which left him with enough skin to cover the body of a 5-year-old made everyone wonder what life would bring for this boy.
Upon further research, they were finally able to give Tomm and his parents some answers.
Namely, experts saw similarities between the way Tomm looked and the Chinese dog breed Shar Pei. They discovered that Tomm’s level of Hyaluronic acid, found in skin, was 100 times higher than normal, which is the case with Shar Pei puppies.
Knowing that those levels drop as puppies grow older, doctors hoped the same would eventually happen to Tomm. And they were right.
However, until reaching that point in life, Tomm experienced certain difficulties. Besides that, he has always been a lovable boy who loved the way he looked.
When asked if he had any concerns about how his friends saw him, Tomm told 60 Minutes, “Not really (…) because they are my friends and they don’t really care how I look like. Sometimes they (people) say I look cool, sometimes they say I look really cool, and sometimes they don’t say anything.”
Since 2003, when Tomm and his parents gave the interview to 60 Minutes, 28 have passed. Today, Tomm looks completely normal, no excess skin at all.
Although his story didn’t receive much media attention while he was growing up, except for, of course, when he was born, many people wondered how Tomm looks like nowadays.
Well, according to his Facebook, he’s happily married to wife Hannah.