This OITNB Star Spent the First Four Years of Her Life in a Cage

Kate Mulgrew (Galina “Red” Reznikov) spoke to the UK’s ITV today about her recent memoir, Born with Teeth, and her strange childhood.

Mulgrew had two congenital conditions that made her a danger to herself. She was born with a full set of teeth, which occurs in one per every two to three thousand births. This condition is particularly hazardous because children with the condition can swallow them.

Additionally, Mulgrew had a condition called congenital insensitivity to pain, which means, in layman’s terms, that she could not feel pain. As a result, she spent the first four years of her life in a cage so that she could not severely harm herself.

Mulgrew joked,

“So I was born with teeth and had no sense of pain. Shakespeare would have had a field day. It’s a witch! That’s what a witch is.”

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