Kelly Koep, a 27-year-old woman from Grant’s Pass, Ore., has a genetic disorder known as Ehlers-Danlos syndrome that affects the body’s ability to synthesize collagen. The condition results in hyper-flexible joints and stretchy skin. In its severe form, it can be life-threatening.
One side effect of Kelly Koep’s Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, or EDS, is that her skin is very elastic due to the breakdown in collagen levels. Koep has a very severe form of the type of EDS called hypermobility, and the cartilage in her body literally cannot hold her bones together. Michael S. Williamson/The Washington Post Buy Photo