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NASA made me a SPACE SUIT so I can go to shops; EXCLUSIVE Allergy gives mum Sasha blisters in sunlight.

Byline: By DAVID BROWN

MUM Sasha Wilson is so allergic to sunlight she can't step outside her house without wearing a SPACE SUIT.

The bizarre outfit from US space agency NASA has given Sasha a new lease of life even though people point, jeer and fall off their bikes in shock when they see her.

The 32-year-old suffers severe painful blisters, nausea and giddiness if her skin is exposed to daylight.

She said: "This suit means I can finally begin to lead a more normal life, such as going on family trips and for a walk in the park."

Sasha had been a virtual prisoner in her home until, in desperation, she searched the Internet and discovered NASA had developed a special material to protect astronauts on space missions.

A US charity, the Sarah Moody Foundation which helps victims of light sensitivity, supplied her with pounds 5,000 worth of the material.

And Sasha's mum Jenny, 66, a for mer needle work teacher, made up the top-totoe outfit, complete with hood and visor.

Now, thanks to the weird suit - and Sasha's own determination to shrug off the cruel jibes - she can at last venture outdoors. Sasha said: "The suit has made a difference, but it is still very difficult going out because people point and jeer at me.

"I have had parents pull their children back to have a look at me and two actually fell off their bikes.

"Everyone has a right to be respected, but while most people are supportive, some look at me as if I am mad, contagious, dangerous or just a freak.

"They even take photos of me and openly laugh at me and it really hurts.

"But this suit has given me a leg up into the outside world - and because I am so stubborn, I am getting out."

Even as a girl Sasha endured taunts of "ghost" and "vampire" because she spent most of her time indoors avoiding daylight.

And her worsening condition went undiagnosed until doctors finally told her she had severe polymorphic light eruption (PMLE) - meaning she was allergic to the sun's ultra-violet rays.

Sasha, who lives in Braintree, Essex, with her partner Richard, 36, and their two children aged 13 and five, faced the prospect of spending the rest of her life in a darkened room.

She said: "I became increasingly dependant on painkillers and drugs. I was a virtual recluse.

"I had almost given up hope when I discovered this suit could help me."

d.brown@people.co.uk

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