In Minnesota, 18-month-old Ivy Angerman has a condition called Aquagenic Urticaria, which is a rare allergy to water.
According to doctors, the toddler suffers hives and rashes after about 15 seconds of contact with water.
Ivy’s dad Dan Angerman told KMPS: “As a father it absolutely breaks your heart.”
Ivy’s mom Brittany Angerman added:
Is she ever going to be able to go to daycare? Is she ever going to be able to go to public school? Is she able to ever go in the ocean? I don’t know. I just hope that someday she can drink water and be able to live a somewhat normal life.
Ivy may be the youngest person to ever be diagnosed with the water allergy.
Ivy’s doctor has recommended anti-histamines, while experts say she needs to drink and bathe in purified water.
Ivy also needs a climate-controlled home to keep her from overheating.
Her parents are moving out of their 1901 home, and hope to get more answers from the famed Mayo Clinic.