Mom Gives Birth to Daughter Who ‘Looks Older Than Her’ Due to Rare Medical Condition

Progeria, or Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, is a genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly and is known to affect one in between four and eight million people

A new mum has gone 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 parent welcomed her daughter into the world last month but soon found out some heartbreaking news.

Medics told the young mum that her baby suffers from progeria, which is also called Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome.

It is an extremely rare, progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly, starting in their first two years of their life.

Now the family are devastated after photos of the new arrival were put online and mocked by cruel trolls.Her family are devastated after cruel trolls mocked the child online (Image:Newsflash)Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome affects one in between four and eight million people (Image:Newsflash)

Local media reported on Monday that the young woman gave birth at her home in the small town of Libode in the province of Eastern Cape, in South Africa.

Her grandmother phoned for an ambulance after she went into labour, but it failed to arrive in time.

After the baby girl was born with deformed hands and wrinkled skin, she and her mother were taken to hospital.

Her grandmother told reporters: “We were told there that she’s disabled.

“I noticed during her birth that there was something strange with her. She did not cry and she was breathing through her ribs.

“I was shocked because that was strange.

“Now I hear that people are calling her names. That hurts a lot. If I had means, I would put all of them in jail.”

After snaps of the newborn were posted online, some commented that she looked like “an old woman”.

People born with progeria typically succumb to severe cardiovascular complications in their mid-teens to 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 underlying cause of the accelerated aging associated with Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome is not yet known.

Some researchers suggest that the abnormal process is due to cumulative cellular damage.

As of 2020, the Progeria Research Foundation International Progeria Registry identified a total of 131 children and young adults living with progeria worldwide.

Original Article: https://www.mirror.co.uk/news/world-news/new-mum-gives-birth-daughter-24886257

5 thoughts on “Mom Gives Birth to Daughter Who ‘Looks Older Than Her’ Due to Rare Medical Condition

  1. If the Afghans feel that way, let’s not throw another American life into the ring. That should prove that you cannot force your way onto others. There are those that don’t want to know a better life; look at the criminals that continue their dirty work even after being shown a better way.

  2. It is cruel to make fun of anyone different! These people are just bullys! They should be ashamed. I’m so sorry this happens. Please just remember that bullys are to be pitied. They have no self-esteem or worth, so they have to make themselves feel better by belittling others. May God bless this mother and her child!

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