Little Boy Has One In A Million Condition Which Makes Him Allergic To The Sun

A little boy with a one-in-a-million condition has to wear a plastic suit to go outside because he's allergic to the sun.


Seven-year-old Oliver Kei was diagnosed with rare condition xeroderma pigmentosum (XP) when he was just one-and-a-half.

Little Oliver's condition, which is believed to affect just one out of every one million people in the US, means that his skin is unable to repair itself when damaged by UV light.

As a result, he's 1000 time more likely to develop skin cancers than the average person, so his family make sure to take every measure to keep him safe when he needs to go outside.

When leaving the house during daylight hours, Oliver wears full UV-shielding garments, including a thick plastic visor and gloves. He's also covered in layers of power sunscreen - including a cream and powder.

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Credit: SWNS

The family's home and car are also fitted with film to keep out UV rays and even the lightbulbs at Oliver's school have been fitted with a sleeve to stop him from getting burnt.

If Oliver is exposed to sunlight his skin will tan and develop dark freckles, a sign of UV damage, which can later cause skin cancer.

Mum Noelle Kei said: "Within ten minutes of the sun going down, he can shed his gear and be free from it.

"We love going to the playground after sunset, even when it's cold in winter we bundle up.

"Sometimes we bring LED lanterns, so we can play soccer and light up the field. It's a bit sad that we have to do this, but it's also joyful to watch him.

"Despite everything, he has a very good life, and he's such a happy kid.


"When he was a baby I was always so careful with sunscreen and hats which is why I thought it was odd he was developing a lot of freckles at about 18 months.

"He developed a little mole on his cheek and my mom urged me to go and get it looked at by a dermatologist.

"When they told me it was XP I felt like I was hit by a train.

"The concept that he could be allergic to sun was bizarre to me. I had never even heard of something like that."

Little Oliver added: "I love when it's nice and dark because I can finally take off my gear and it feels great.

Credit: SWNS
Credit: SWNS

"I love school breaks too because my family is on 'Oliver-time' - we stay up really late and sleep-in so we can go outside and play in the backyard at night without my gear.

"My gear isn't very annoying, it keeps me safe. Nobody at my school even asks me about it anymore because they all know about my XP."

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Claire Reid

Claire Reid is a journalist at LADbible. Claire graduated from Liverpool John Moores University with a BA in journalism. She’s previously worked at Trinity Mirror. Since joining LADbible, Claire has worked on pieces for the UOKM8? mental health campaign, the Yemen crisis, life in the Calais Jungle as well as a profile of a man who is turning himself into a cyborg.

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