The 20-year-old mother who recently gave birth to a baby with the rare ageing disorder called progeria has finally reacted to the look of her child.
What is Progeria?
Projeria is a rare genetic condition that results in a child’s body aging rapidly. A mutation in the LMNA gene causes progeria. The disease affects people of all sexes and races equally.
A single mistake in a certain gene causes it to make an abnormal protein. When cells use this protein, called progerin, they break down more easily. This leads kids with progeria to age quickly.
In a recent interview, the young lady lamented that she had to become a laughing stock in the community. The new mother who said she had expected a child that will make her happy called on the government to come take away the child.
As children with progeria get older, they get diseases you’d expect to see in people age 50 and older, including boss, hardening of the arteries, and heart attack. Children with progeria usually die of heart attacks or strokes.
Progeria doesn’t affect a child’s intelligence development. A child with the condition isn’t any more likely to get infections than other kids, either.
The grandmother Ntombizakhe Mtshobi, who is 55 years old, says that this is so hard to accept.
It’s never been seen before that a two-month-old baby looks this old. “We have become a laughing stock in the community, I have so many kids and I am not employed and now this happens.