ORANGE, Calif. (WKRN) – A California mother who “burned from the inside out” because of a rare drug reaction was reunited with her five-month-old baby.
Yaasmeen Castanada, 19, saw her daughter, Chloe, for the first time in nearly a month.
According to ABC News, the baby immediately recognized her mother and reached out for her.
“She called her name out,” Castanada’s mother, Laura Corona said. “She told her she loved her.”
Castanada has been hospitalized for the past few weeks after she had a severe reaction to a leftover antibiotic pill her friend gave her.
She took the medicine on Thanksgiving Day because she wasn’t feeling well. A few hours later, her eyes, nose and throat began to burn.
Castanada’s face then started to blister as well. She was rushed to a hospital where she was diagnosed with Steven-Johnson syndrome.
It’s a rare but serious drug reaction that causes inflammation and blistering on the outer layer of skin as well as the lips, eyes and genitals, leaving the patient vulnerable to infection.
According to Dr. Joshua Zeichner, a dermatology professor at the Mount Sinai Hospital in Manhattan who was not involved in treating Castanada, the reaction can happen even when drugs are taken as prescribed by a doctor.
Castanada has improved since she first came to the hospital and is not in as much pain. Her mother said she is motivated to get well so she can be with her baby.
*ABC News contributed to this story.