For nearly 4 decades Sandra Horne did not exist in any database. A rare skin condition had prevented anyone from taking her fingerprints, but with the help of HIB Global, she can now vote for the first time.
A Western Cape woman has spent all her life without fingerprints, suffering from a skin condition that rendered her 'invisible' to databases.
Sandra Horne, a 38-year-old Cape Town woman, was diagnosed with Dystrophic Epidermolysis Bullosa at only 14 days old, reports eNCA.
She had been given less than a year to live, but more than 30 years later, she has pushed through a true survivor.
Unfortunately the illness had left her unable to have her fingerprints taken. Horne explained how her condition caused her skin to blister:
"I was sixteen years old when I applied for my green barcoded ID they discovered that I do not have fingerprints. The blistering caused that it took out everything of the skin the top layer.”
A technology company called HIB Global uses cutting edge technology, using light to look beneath the surface of her skin to reveal, for the first time, Horne's identity.
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