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Friday, 31 October 2014


Sad photos of 11 year old with a Health condition that makes her look very old

        

 An 11-year-old girl, Ashanti Elliot-Smith is suffering from a very rare terminally ill disease which causes her body to age 8 times faster than normal.
People with this condition, do not live beyond 13-15 years.
Ashanti's rare condition, Hutchinson Gilford Progeria, causes symptoms including stunted growth, hair loss, weight loss, wrinkled skin, stiff joints, and heart disease.
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     Her mother Phoebe (right) said Ashanti was devastated and did not want to go to school the next day
 Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is a genetic condition characterised by the dramatic, rapid appearance of aging beginning in childhood. 
Affected children typically look normal at birth and in early infancy, but then grow more slowly than other children and do not gain weight at the expected rate.
They develop a characteristic facial appearance including prominent eyes, a thin nose with a beaked tip, thin lips, a small chin, and protruding ears. 
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome also causes hair loss (alopecia), aged-looking skin, joint abnormalities, and a loss of fat under the skin. 
The condition does not disrupt intellectual development or the development of motor skills such as sitting, standing, and walking. 
It is commonly referred to simply as Progeria, the Greek word for 'prematurely old'.
The disease is caused by a mutation in the gene called LMNA, which produces protein. 
Sufferers commonly die of heart disease at an average age of 13 years old.


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