Progeria, or Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, is a genetic disorder that causes rapid aging in children and is known to affect between four and eight million people
A new mother went viral after giving birth to a girl who “looks older than her” after the baby was born with an extremely rare condition.
The 20-year-old mother welcomed her daughter last month but soon learned heartbreaking news.
Medical professionals told the young mother that her baby was suffering from progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome.
It is an extremely rare, progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly from the first two years of life.
Now the family is devastated after photos of the newcomer were posted online and ridiculed by cruel trolls.
Local media reported Monday that the young woman was born in her home in the small town of Libode in South Africa’s Eastern Cape Province.
Her grandmother called for an ambulance after the onset of labor, but the ambulance did not arrive on time.
After the girl was born with deformed hands and wrinkled skin, she and her mother were taken to the hospital.
Her grandmother told reporters, “We were told there that she was disabled.
“I noticed something strange about her during her birth. She wasn’t crying and breathing through her ribs.
“I was shocked because it was strange.
“Now I hear people berating them. It hurts a lot. If I had the means I would put them all in jail.”
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After snapshots of the newborn were posted online, some commented that she looked like “an old woman.”
People born with progeria usually succumb to severe cardiovascular complications between their mid-teens and early twenties.
Additional symptoms and findings may also be associated with the condition, including a distinctive, high-pitched voice; Absence of the breast or nipple.
The specific cause of accelerated aging associated with Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome is not yet known.
Some researchers suggest that the abnormal process is due to cumulative cell damage.
In 2020, the Progeria Research Foundation’s International Progeria Register identified a total of 131 children and young adults living with progeria worldwide.