A “beautiful” Indian woman who became the first woman in the world to be diagnosed with the rare genetic disorder Tay-Sachs has said she has a message for those who don’t believe she has the disease.
A case of Tay-sachs was first reported in New York in June.
Dr Rishi Kapoor, a geneticist at New York’s Rockefeller University, and colleagues at Rockefeller University Hospital and the Icahn School of Medicine in New Jersey, have since diagnosed the woman with the disorder, which affects around 1.2 million people worldwide.
“I think people think that if you have Tay-Schs, it’s a disease that affects you.
But in fact, it affects everyone.
It’s just that the average person with Tay-schs isn’t affected,” Ms Kapoor said in an interview with The Times.”
You have the genetic conditions that cause it, but there are millions of people around the world who have no genetic predisposition to this disease.”
People can have it and not have it.
I don’t think there’s any difference in being diagnosed with Tay and being diagnosed not having it.
It doesn’t change who you are, so you can be beautiful and still have Tay.
“Dr Kapoor’s research has led to the development of a genetic test that can help identify individuals who have the disease and provide accurate diagnoses.
Dr Kapoor, who has worked with Ms Kapoors father, a former Indian army officer, on his case, has told the Times that his daughter has been a model for years and that she was given her first modeling job when she was 17.”
Her dad had the idea to test her for Tay and he was really proud of her,” Dr Kapoor told the newspaper.”
We had a conversation in her room where he said ‘she has a beauty’.
It’s a very beautiful trait, but it doesn’t mean she has Tay.
“Ms Kapoor has also been named as one of the first recipients of the inaugural Indian Beauty Awards in the country, to be held on Wednesday.