Watch: Woman with rare skin disease and no fingerprints finally gets her ID!!!

A woman from the Cape Flats who has been battling to get her Identity Documents due to her rare skin disease has finally found help!


Cape Town, South Africa – Sandra Horne (38) has spent her entire life without fingerprints, and an Identity Document… until now!

She was only two weeks old when doctors diagnosed her with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa – an extremely rare skin disease which leaves the skin fragile and blistering easily. Kids with this disease are referred to as “butterfly children” because their skin is delicate like that of a butterfly. Sandra receives treatment at Groote Schuur Hospital.

“It is a rare skin condition; we all have three layers of skin, but I only have two layers, I don’t have an epidermis,” she explains.

Bytes Systems Integration heard about Sandra’s difficult situation and were eager to help. The company was keen to test technology from HID Global – called multi-spectral imaging – that can capture a fingerprint which resides below the surface of the skin, under the epidermis.

“Every day, millions of people in more than 100 countries use HID products and services to access physical and digital places securely, verify transactions and confirm identity—even when it seems impossible.”

Sandra’s Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa may have left her without an outer layer of skin—and fingerprints but HID had the solution to her problem.

Luckily, their multispectral imaging is powerful enough to see the fingerprints hiding beneath the epidermis, allowing Sandra to see her fingerprints for the very first time.

“From biometric authentication to RFID tracking, to secure Mobile IDs, HID Global offers the most powerful identity solutions available in the industry today.”

Watch her full story below:

Sources: HID Global 
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