Tomm is a unique child, and the only known baby to be delivered with his skin condition . Geoff Tennent, Tom’s father told 60 Minutes Australia: “When the baby was born, I was sʜᴏᴄᴋᴇᴅ, I didn’t expect a newborn to have such a ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ.” Tomm’s mother said: “My ʜᴇᴀʀᴛ was Fɪʟʟᴇᴅ with Fᴇᴀʀ and ᴡᴏʀʀʏ but at the same time I was happy, I hugged the baby.”
For sᴄɪᴇɴᴛɪFɪᴄ ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs, Tomm’s ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ is still a mystery .They couldn’t Fɪɢᴜʀᴇ out what ᴄᴀᴜsᴇᴅ Tomm’s sᴋɪɴ to get ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟᴇᴅ, and didn’t even know the ᴄᴜʀᴇ, so let him grow up. They were left to hope that he would grow into his sᴋɪɴ as he got ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ. In fact, Tomm was so unique that ʀᴇsᴇᴀʀᴄʜᴇʀs ᴅᴇᴄɪᴅᴇᴅ to ɪɴᴠᴇsᴛ time and money into studying his ᴄᴀsᴇ, in a bid to solve the mystery sᴜʀʀᴏᴜɴᴅɪɴɢ his ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ. In total Tomm spent 2 and a half months in the ᴍᴇᴅɪᴄᴀʟ ᴄᴇɴᴛᴇʀ, where the boy ᴜɴᴅᴇʀᴡᴇɴᴛ ᴇxᴀᴍɪɴᴀᴛɪᴏɴ and ᴀɴᴀʟʏsɪs. Sᴄɪᴇɴᴛɪsᴛs Fᴀᴄᴇ an ᴇɴᴏʀᴍᴏᴜs challenge, as Tomm is the first child born in the ᴡᴏʀʟᴅ with this ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ.
They later ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ that Tomm’s ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ was similar to that of shar Pᴇɪ in Chinna and led him to find few answers. Sᴄɪᴇɴᴛɪsᴛs ᴅɪsᴄᴏᴠᴇʀᴇᴅ the ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɴᴛʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ of ʜʏᴀʟᴜʀᴏɴɪᴄ ᴀᴄɪᴅ found in Tomm’s sᴋɪɴ. It also happened to Tomm’s sᴋɪɴwhich was 100 times taller than the ᴀᴠᴇʀᴀɢᴇ ᴘᴇʀsᴏɴ. However, the ᴄᴏɴᴄᴇɴᴛʀᴀᴛɪᴏɴ ᴏf ʜʏᴀʟᴜʀᴏɴɪᴄ ᴀᴄɪᴅ will ɢʀᴀᴅᴜᴀʟʟʏ ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀ with ᴀɢᴇ and the sᴋɪɴ will become normal. Dᴏᴄᴛᴏʀs hoped and ᴘʀᴀʏᴇᴅ it would be the case for Tomm. Luckily, it was. His ᴅᴏᴄᴛᴏʀ, Dr. Andrew Ramsden, said that the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ would almost ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟᴇᴛᴇʟʏ ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀ as Tomm got ᴏʟᴅᴇʀ. As a result, when Tom grew up starting from a child, his ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟᴇᴅ sᴋɪɴ ɢʀᴀᴅᴜᴀʟʟʏ ᴅɪsᴀᴘᴘᴇᴀʀᴇᴅ.
Now his ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ is getting better, some of the ᴡʀɪɴᴋʟᴇs ᴏɴ ʜɪs Fᴏʀᴇʜᴇᴀᴅ, sᴛᴏᴍᴀᴄʜ, ᴡʀɪsᴛs and Fᴇᴇᴛ are getting better. Even the sᴄᴀʀʏ baby ᴛᴜʀɴᴇᴅ out to be growing into a handsome man. While her mother, Debbie, who works at the bakery, told her story, someone once said to her, “How can you bring a child in this ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ in public. The child had to be kept at home and I was ᴅᴇᴠᴀsᴛᴀᴛᴇᴅ,”.
While Tom’s parents are very proud of their son, and he is also a child who excels in school. Tomm’s parents also said they had nothing to ʜɪᴅᴇ from their son. They believe in their ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ, believe that the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ will get better with ᴀɢᴇ.