Teenage Girl Could Die From Brushing Her Hair

hair brushDeadly weaponIt's so hard being a teen. Trust me, I know, I was once one of the awkward bunch of hormoned zombies wandering our nation's streets at night in search of popularity and self-worth. Shudder. It was hard enough as a 100 percent healthy teenager whose only problem was frizzy flyaways, so I can't imagine what it's like for 13-year-old Megan Stewart. She suffers from an extremely rare disorder that could mean death if she brushes her hair. She's got, you guessed it, hair brushing syndrome.

No, I'm not making this up.


She and her mom discovered she had this unusual condition back in 2008 when Mom was brushing Megan's hair in the living room, getting her ready for the first day of school, when Megan collapsed and her lips turned blue. She was taken to a nearby hospital in Scotland where doctors admitted they'd only heard of this condition once before.

Medical professionals believe that what Megan has is a bizarre trigger to reflex anoxic seizures -- most triggers are stuff like pain, fear, or loud noises, but Megan's is different. It's not the hair brushing per se, it's actually the static electricity caused by brushing that triggers her seizures. She also needs to stay away from polyester clothing and balloons. And she definitely needs to stay far far away from that big silver ball at the science museum that makes your hair stand up straight when you put your hand on it. Definitely cannot go near that thing.

The cause of this rare disorder is a result of birth complications, doctors believe. Megan was born prematurely at 2 pounds, 5 ounces and also has a number of other health complications including asthma and a dysfunction that disables her from seeing fast moving objects ... but all these things don't stop her from leading a normal life.

Between hair brushing syndrome and sleeping beauty syndrome, it seems like there is an Evil Queen out there somewhere casting fairytale-like afflictions onto random teen girls. WTF Evil Queen? Not cool.

Thankfully Megan isn't letting this get her down -- she's a happy schoolgirl living life to the fullest.

Have you heard of hair brushing syndrome before?

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