For most parents, we worry that our children look older than their age when they're 15 years old, but look 25. Nowadays, we don’t know how old kids are, especially girls because they can be into makeup, wearing fake eyelashes, and getting their hair done at such a young age. We live in a world where people tend to be critical of kids, and having a child whose insides don’t match their outsides natural leads to assumptions and expectations which tends to be unfair.
Then there are other parents who have to deal with their babies being born with an extremely rare condition; people assume these children are older than their real age because of how they look. Unfortunately for most of these conditions I talk about, there is no cure and they just have to learn to live with it and learn to be happy. Keep reading below as you find out about 12 babies who look freakishly older than their age.
12 Chinese Toddler - Already Old And Wrinkled
Bayezid Hossain, only four years old, from southern Bangladesh, is believed to suffer from a rare condition, progeria, meaning that her body ages eight times faster than the normal rate. She suffers from a swollen face, sagging skin, hollow eyes, and she already has weak and broken teeth. It’s sad to hear that people in her community usually stay away from her because of her appearance, and kids are scared to play with her.
Her mother says that she is amazed at how clever her daughter is but it “breaks her heart that her appearance is so unusual.” By three months old, Bayed already had a full set of teeth. When she was born, she was all flesh and bone and doctors had never seen such a baby. They did advise the first time mother that there was nothing they can do about this condition.
11 The Real Life Benjamin Button
Have you ever watched the movie “Benjamin Button,” and thought wow this can’t be real? Well, I’m here to tell you that there is a real life Benjamin Button from Bangladesh. This baby was also born with progeria, a rare condition that makes him age faster than the normal rate. This condition is not inherited, or passed down in families. A single mistake in a certain gene causes it to make an abnormal protein, breaking down more easily which causes the child to grow old more quickly.
Unfortunately, most kids with progeria do not live past the age of 13. It affects both sexes and all races equally. This rare condition appears in about 1 in every 4 million births worldwide, so luckily it is not very common.
10 Wrinkled Woman With Confidence
The best thing about a woman can have is confidence, and for 26 year old, Sara Geurts, she is full of it. When Sara was 10 years old, she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos, a connective disorder that affects the body’s ability to produce collagen, and a rare form of a disease called dermatosparaxis, which causes her skin to wrinkle prematurely. Sara thinks her wrinkles are the most beautiful thing ever and she currently models, hoping to be the face of Ehlers-Danlos. She wants to show other people with the same disease that they are beautiful in their skin as well.
It wasn't until Sara was in her 20’s that she started becoming more confident in her skin. She figured the modeling industry is based on perfection “and by putting my 'imperfections' out there, it's almost like a slap in the face to the industry: shock factor, a sense of rebellion," Sara said. “Tt really enforces my vision of myself, the journey I am on, and just being perfectly imperfect."
9 Siblings Suffer From Rare Condition
There is another case in India where a brother and sister suffer from a rare condition that leaves them looking many years older. Progeria has caused them to have wrinkled skin, swollen faces, and they also suffer pain in their joints. Kesha Kumar, 18 months and his sister, Anjali, seven years old, are constantly teased because of how they look. People stare at them funny when they're in public and they often dream of looking like children their own age. Unfortunately, their is no cure for this condition so it is something they have to learn to live with.
It’s sad to know that these children are constantly being made fun of and it can’t be controlled. This has caused them to have low self-esteem, and Anjali says, “I really wish I could look as pretty as my sister. My parents hope that I will be okay one day but it makes me feel sad that my family suffers and feels embarrassed because of me..."
8 Vietnamese Woman Who Aged Overnight
Imagine being young one minute and looking old the next. Unfortunately for 26 year old Nguyen Thi Phuong, this happened to her after eating some seafood. Nguyen had a really bad rash after eating seafood that she would scratch even in her sleep. Her husband gave her some medication to alleviate the symptoms but it did not seem to work. Her skin became worse; her face was swelling up, itching, and started becoming saggy. The doctor prescribed her medication but she eventually stopped taking it because it was too expensive for her, $1.88 per day.
As her condition worsened, people were having a hard time recognizing who she was, mistaking her for an old lady, until they heard her voice. She was a beautiful woman a few years ago, and now she looks like a seventy year old woman. Her husband has been a huge supporter, being by her side from the beginning and is still in love with her now.
7 Brothers Are Aging Too Fast
It’s sad to know that there are two brothers in India who are scared to go outside to play with the other kids, the local schools do not want to take on the responsibility because of how fragile they can be, and they cannot make friends and socialize. Brothers Ramesh and Laxman, aged eight and 13, suffer from a rare disorder aging them too fast. Their parents worry that they will die at a young age and unfortunately they lost all their teeth at the age of three.
The parents of these boys spend every penny they have on trying to help their boys, but they have yet to find any answers. Dr Aayush explained, ‘‘It is a genetic disorder but we are yet to diagnose the exact problem."
6 Infant With Reproductive Organs Of A Grown Man
A one-year-old boy who developed sexual organs and sexual urges has been diagnosed with a rare hormonal condition, precocious puberty. He also showed the brain development of a 12-year old teen. Crazy right? This infant lives in India, and his family started noticing he was much taller than other babies - like abnormally tall. They also started noticing that he was developing pubic and facial hair, as well as his penis grown to that of a man’s size.
Precocious puberty causes other age-related developmental conditions including progeria and causes death by 13 years old. It is traumatic for a child so young because this condition also causes violence. His muscle strength becomes stronger and his parents wouldn't be able to control him.
5 The Girl Who Aged Before Her Mother
Hayley Okines is yet another little girl who suffers from progeria. She was fortunate enough to live past 13 years old. Hayley celebrated her 14th birthday by publishing her autobiography. Her book is called “Old Before My Time” and has been co-written with the help of her mother.
Hayley’s mom knew something was wrong when her baby wasn’t growing as quickly as the other babies were. Her family was devastated when she was diagnosed with this rare condition. It’s difficult for her to go out and go on sleepovers, but her mom says, “She also goes to the local shopping centre with her friends but I like to be somewhere in the centre at the same time and I make sure she has her mobile on her in case she needs me.”
4 Teen Bullied Because Of Progeria
A 15 year old teen in India suffers from progeria. Again, this is a rare disease that makes a person looks older than they really are. He has been to the United States a few times for treatment, and his parents are already noticing positive results. Unfortunately, he is not able to play sports or go outside and play with other kids. He is aware that this condition is not curable but he is making the most out of it. There is hope for his future because he recently celebrated his 15th birthday. Usually, children with progeria do not live past 13 year old, so he is blessed to still be alive. He attended school in India, but after a movie about progeria came out, he started to get bullied so his parents pulled him out of school and he now stays home.
3 Twenty Year Old Looks Like A Little Girl
This article is about 12 babies that look freakishly older than their age but where’s the fun when you can’t change it up a bit? I’m sure we’ve all seen people who look younger than they really are. I’m one of them! I’m 25 years old and I am always mistaken for someone who is 17-18 years old. Good for me, right? Well, there is a 20 year old girl who looks like a little girl. LITERALLY! She has a rare condition affecting her growth hormones, causing her to look a lot younger than her age. At seven years old, she stopped growing and was diagnosed with a tumor on her pituitary gland, which caused a deficiency in growth hormones. Without treatment, she will not grow at all, but she will age normally. Sadly, her parents could not afford treatment for her.
2 Facelift At Sixteen
A young woman, Zara Hartshorn, had a facelift at the age of 16 because of a rare condition that makes her look decades older than she really is, a genetic disease she inherited from her mother. Ever since she was a little girl, she was mistaken for someone in her 40’s. At first, doctors believed the condition was Lipodystrophy, but later she was diagnosed with a much more rare condition, Cutis Laxa.
Cutis Laxa can cause serious health problems affecting the heart, lungs, and arteries. It causes the skin to become inelastic and hangs loosely in folds. When Zara underwent her surgery, it made her look decades younger. After seeing the positive results, her mother, diagnosed with the same condition, went through surgery as well and she felt more confident then she’s ever felt.
1 Is He A Newborn?
There has been another case in Bangladesh where a baby boy was born with progeria. As I previously mentioned, it is a condition where the person ages faster than the average person. The parents of the baby are ecstatic with the birth of their miracle child. When he was born, he did NOT look like a newborn. Most of the parents I previously mentioned whose child was diagnosed with progeria are sad and are still trying to find a “cure” for their baby. But Biswajit Patro, the father of this baby, can’t hold back his happiness. He says, "We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son. We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house.
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