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Water allergy could kill Barbara

Barbara Ward is allergic to water. Photo: ITV News

Barbara Ward, from Hartlepool, suffers from a condition so rare, that it only affects one in every 230,000,000 people.

Aquagenic Urticaria means that taking a bath or having a drink of water can send her into anaphylactic shock.

Even her own tears can put her life at risk.

These photographs show Barbara's skin after coming into contact with water and perfume.

Barbara Ward.
Severe rashes followed contact with water.
Barbara even reacts to strong emotions.