Photos from a lady in South Africa holding an aged child blazed the internet last evening.
However it has been discovered that the young girl was born with a rare disorder known as Progeria
Is a progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly.
The genetic mutation occurs randomly and isn't inherited.
Symptoms, such as slow growth and hair loss, begin to appear in the first year or two of life.
People may also experience short stature or slow growth
Mouth: delayed tooth development or failure of teeth to develop normally
Skin: wrinkles or dryness
Also common: alopecia, conductive hearing loss, high-pitched voice, incomplete sexual maturation, joint stiffness, macrocephaly, muscle atrophy, osteoarthritis, or taut skin
NB.. Heart problems or strokes are the eventual cause of death in most children with progeria. The average life expectancy for a child with progeria is about 13 years. Some with the disease may die younger and others may live longer, even up to 20 years.
There's no cure for progeria, but ongoing research shows some promise for treatment.
A single gene mutation is responsible for progeria. The gene, known as lamin A (LMNA), makes a protein necessary for holding the center (nucleus) of a cell together. When this gene has a defect (mutation), an abnormal form of the lamin A protein called progerin is produced and makes cells unstable. This appears to lead to progeria's aging process.
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