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Last Updated: Saturday, 3 April, 2004, 12:47 GMT 13:47 UK
Woman trapped indoors by illness
Sam Crofte
Sam Crofte has to do her shopping at night
A woman suffering from a rare genetic blood disease is being forced to live her life in darkness.

Sam Crofte, from Eastbourne, in East Sussex, has EPP Porphyria, which causes a violent reaction to sunlight.

She has to stay indoors for most of the day behind closed curtains, only going out late at night, when it is dark.

The 47-year-old has had the disease all her life and there is no known cure for the illness.

Film on windows

Ms Crofte said: "When I'm exposed to sunlight it starts like a very severe itch and then it starts burning, and you need cold water and to stay in the dark," she said."The more light you let back on it, the worse you're going to be."

She said the painful and uncomfortable condition meant she has to live her life "by the night".

Ms Crofte has to do all her supermarket shopping at night because of being trapped in the house all day.

But, looking on the bright side, she said there were less people around and more parking spaces.

Ms Crofte has a specially adapted car which means she can drive during daylight hours.

Her car windows have been fitted with a special clear film which block out sunrays, and is normally manufactured for use on the windows of hospital wards.

Ms Crofte says her worries now are for her grandchildren, who are undergoing tests.



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