Muscular dystrophy turns US woman into a "living doll"

A 28-year-old woman stricken with an incurable disease has said that her condition is turning her into a "living doll".

Amber Guzman from California suffers from Becker muscular dystrophy, a genetic disorder which causes progressive muscle weakness of the pelvis and legs, according to the US National Library of Medicine.

She now walks using a cane and also has trouble swallowing food.

The Daily Mail UK reported that Ms Guzman first experienced the symptoms of muscular dystrophy when she was 18 years old.

She recounted: "My joints were weak and it felt like I had heavy weights on my arms and legs. I constantly needed help to move."

The young woman was diagnosed with Becker muscular dystrophy after a muscle biopsy was done in 2012.

In photos circulating on the Internet, the frail-looking Ms Guzman dresses herself up in numerous colourful wigs and fancy dresses, and uses makeup to achieve her doll-like looks.

As her condition deteriorates, she increasingly relies on others to help move her around. Many people have also compared her to a doll because she needs help moving her legs, and also has fair skin and delicate features.

Although her prognosis is grim, Ms Guzman said: 'I love being compared to a living doll. It is what I truly feel like I am now and I'm happy to be one. Being a doll has saved me.'

She has also set up a Youtube video channel Amber living with Dystrophy to increase awareness of the condition. It has received over 160,000 views to date.

'MD sufferers have told me to tell me that I've inspired them to keep going and do what makes them happy no matter what physical problems they have,' Ms Guzman added.