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Teen Regrows Face After Horrific Reaction to OTC Pain Killer

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KTLA.com: A teenager is restarting her life after a miracle makeover.

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19-year-old Eva Uhlin of Sweden, suffered a bizarre one-in-a-million allergic reaction to the over-the-counter painkiller acetaminophen that left her unrecognizable.

The potentially fatal condition, Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis , also known Lyell's syndrome, attacked her body causing her skin to burn up and scab over before falling off.

The UK Daily Mail reports the illness left Uhlin lying in a hospital bed for weeks as it ran its devastating course.

Now, more than four years later, Uhlin is finally comfortable revealing her face to the world for the first time after completely growing back all her skin.

The teen's nightmare began as a 15-year-old in September 2005 when she suddenly fell ill while on vacation.

She was diagnosed with a fever and told to take over the counter medicine to relieve her symptoms.

But the combination of her virus and the drug created a reaction nobody could have predicted, triggering a disease that has taken Miss Uhlin years to fully recover from.

She woke up the next day to find blisters covering her face and spreading over the rest of her body.

In 2002, Uhlin was rushed to the hospital and admitted to the burn unit.

Doctors immediately gave her morphine and applied soothing ointment to her face and chest.

But her skin began to fall off on a doctor's fingertips as he examined her eyes.

Over the next few years she lost most of the surface of her face. Parts of her chest, arms, back and stomach also fell away and she even lost her eyelashes, fingernails, toenails and some of her hair.

Miss Uhlin told the Daily Mail, 'It felt like something was crawling around under my skin, I was in total shock - it was like something out of a horror film. 'It was terrifying, because at the time they didn't know what was wrong with me or what would happen to me. 'When I looked in the mirror for the first time after it happened I didn't recognize myself."

At one point during her month-long stay her mouth and lips were so badly damaged they grew together. The resulting pain meant she was unable to sleep for most of the time.

Miss Uhlin was discharged in October 2005 but had to return to hospital for regular check-ups on her skin and eyes for months.

Today, she still takes eye drops twice a day and has skin remains sensitive to bright sunlight.

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