The Harlequin Fetus is a baby born with unusually hardened keratin layer in fetal skin. This creates diamond shape scales instead of skin. The eyes, ears, mouth, and other appendages are also horribly contracted and deformed.
The scales limet the poor child's movement, and cracks where the skin folds. This takes away the skins main fuction; protection. Bacteria get into the skin, causing infections.
The term harlequin comes from both the baby's facial expression and the diamond-shaped pattern of the scales, which are caused by severe hyperkeratosis. 17th century entertainers known as jesters, or harlequins, wore costumes with diamond patterns on them, as well as a particular style of face paint. The features of the harlequin fetus mimic this stylized makeup, and their faces are often pulled tight into grim parodies of a clown's smile.
Survival is normally only hours.
There are plenty of goatse, tubgirl, and lemon party pics on the internet.
"On Thursday, April ye 5, 1750, I went to see a most deplorable object of a child, born the night before of one Mary Evans in "Chas"town. It was surprising to all who beheld it, and I scarcely know how to describe it. The skin was dry and hard and seemed to be cracked in many places, somewhat resembling the scales of a fish. The mouth was large and round and open. It had no external nose, but two holes where the nose should have been. The eyes appeared to be lumps of coagulated blood, turned out, about the bigness of a plum, ghastly to behold. It had no external ears, but holes where the ears should be. The hands and feet appeared to be swollen, were cramped up and felt quite hard.
The back part of the head was much open. It made a strange kind of noise, very low, which I cannot describe. It lived about forty-eight hours and was alive when I saw it."
Sucks for anyone who sees it.
*User opens email*
*sees Harlequin fetus*
Mothers with a family history of the disease are screened during the early months of pregnancy, pregnancies affected by it are terminated.
We do not, however have to provoke this ourselves by turning images of the effects of genetic disorders into freak shows.
Seriously, PLEASE don't look it up. I know I sound like a chicken, but believe me, there is nothing worse I have seen in my entire life.