Tripp Roth, the baby boy with a rare skin disorder who inspired sympathy from across the globe, passed away on Sunday night. He was 2 years and 8 months old.
Tripp suffered from Junctional Epidermolysis Bullosa, otherwise known as EB, a skin disorder with no cure. The condition, which affects just 1 in 50,000 people, is caused by the skin lacking a protein that bonds skin layers. Consequently, even a slight touch can produce blisters and bleeding in the skin.
Writing on her blog, Tripp’s mother Courtney Roth said her son had passed away peacefully in her arms:
“My precious angel received his wings today. I have had many nightmares about having to write this post. He was exactly 2 years and 8 months old. It happened within minutes of me picking him up out of bed and rocking him. He took his last peaceful breaths in my arms, in his most favorite spot.”
People worldwide had held prayer meetings for Tripp, and social media sites featured groups who raised money for his treatment. At the time of writing, a Facebook group dedicated to Tripp has over 14,000 members. Doctors had informed Tripp’s family that he would not survive beyond a year, a prediction that Tripp defied by some margin.
Rest in peace, Tripp.