There’s no treatment for Toxic Epidermal Necrolysis (TEN), a very nasty skin reaction that is fortunately extremely rare, affecting perhaps one person in a million a year. No one really knows what causes it, but it seems that certain medications trigger it. Women are more affected than men; the typical onset is after the age of 40. The loss of skin can be very severe and naturally can leave a person open to all kinds of infections.

Teresa Kenny succumbed to TEN in Eire at the age of 86 in February 2015, an inquest in Dublin has learned. She was admitted to hospital suffering from pneumonia, developed other conditions, and was treated with various antibiotics – which brought on the illness, with up to 70% of her body affected by the time she died a grisly death.