Friday, March 4, 2011

The 8-year-old in an 80-year-old body

Ashanti has a body "aged" like that of an 80-year-old woman.The little girl in the United Kingodm has an extraordinarily rare ageing disease.The condition - Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGP) - was diagnosed just weeks before her first birthday.

Lively Ashanti has the mind of a typical primary school pupil. She loves playing with her friends in the playground. But she weighs just 1st 13lb and is dwarfed by her five-year-old sister Brandilouise. The disease has ravaged her limbs and joints so she finds walking long distances extremely painful.
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