Real-life Elsa: toddler wears special gloves so she doesn’t freeze

By Samantha Luiz
09 March 2015

Two-year old Gracie Hughes has to wear specially-made gloves or she turns blue from the cold


The little girl, from South Wales, was diagnosed with Raynaud’s disease. The condition causes her to turn blue when she is exposed to the cold. As a result, she has to wear the gloves for extra protection, just like Gracie’s favourite character Elsa from Disney’s production, Frozen.

'When I noticed that she was a bit like Elsa, she thought it was brilliant'

"Gracie absolutely loves Frozen and when I noticed that she was a bit like Elsa, she thought it was brilliant.

"When she gets cold, she turns blotchy blue. It starts in her hands then travels up her arms, feet, legs then face.

"She has magic gloves which reflect 95 per cent of the heat back into her body," explains, Laurie Hughes, Gracie’s mother.

The condition prevents Gracie from doing activities that are effortless for other toddlers. She is not allowed to eat ice-cream or consume very cold drinks.

When she ventures outdoors, she has to dress in thermals, several layers, two pairs of socks and a hat and scarf - as well as her silver gloves. Laurie has to take Gracie’s temperature three times a day to make the right temperature levels are maintained.

“The winter months are awful,” reveals Laurie.

“She can't go outside to play and now she is older can't eat ice cream or cold foods because her hands swell when she handles cold things.

“My heating is constantly on, and I have got her a heated blanket that I plug into the cigarette lighter which helps to keep her warm when we're in the car.”

Raynaud's disease causes some areas of your body — such as your fingers and toes — to feel numb and cold in response to cold temperatures or stress. In Raynaud's disease, smaller arteries that supply blood to your skin narrow, limiting blood circulation to affected areas. While the condition is not disabling for most people, it can affect the quality of life.


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