Amazing girl named Ashlyn Blocker lives in the U.S. city of Patterson. She is an ordinary-looking 13-year-old child, going to school, studying music, but there is one thing. She does not feel any pain and does not even know how to describe it. She could easily shove her hand in boiling water and see how the skin is covered with blisters. She can feel warmth and coolness, but not the more extreme temperatures that would cause anyone else to recoil in pain. At school, she was once asked if she was Superman. There was the time she broke her ankle and ran around on it for two days before her parents realized something was wrong.
Ashlyn does cry. She cried when her dog ran away earlier this year, curling up with her mom and dad in their bed. “She can feel empathy,” Tara told me. “She does. I don’t know if they found that in their research. But I know she does, in my heart.”