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WHAT IS PROGERIA?
Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (“Progeria”, or “HGPS”) is a rare, fatal genetic condition
characterized by an appearance of accelerated aging in children. Its name is derived from the Greek and
means "prematurely old." While there are different forms of Progeria∗, the classic type is Hutchinson-
Gilford Progeria Syndrome, which was named after the doctors who first described it in England; in
1886 by Dr. Jonathan Hutchinson and in 1897 by Dr. Hastings Gilford.
HOW COMMON IS PROGERIA?
Progeria has a reported incidence of about 1 in 4 - 8 million newborns. It affects both sexes equally and
all races. In the past 15 years, children with Progeria have been reported all over the world, including in
Algeria, Argentina, Australia, Austria, Canada, China, Cuba, England, France, Germany, Israel, Italy,
Mexico, the Netherlands, Poland, Puerto Rico, South Africa, South America, South Korea, Switzerland,
Turkey, the US, Venezuela, Vietnam and Yugoslavia.
WHAT ARE THE FEATURES OF PROGERIA?
Although they are born looking healthy, children with Progeria begin to display many characteristics of
accelerated aging at around 18-24 months of age. Progeria signs include growth failure, loss of body fat
and hair, aged-looking skin, stiffness of joints, hip dislocation, generalized atherosclerosis,
cardiovascular (heart) disease and stroke. The children have a remarkably similar appearance, despite
differing ethnic backgrounds. Children with Progeria die of atherosclerosis (heart disease) at an
average age of thirteen years (with a range of about 8 – 21 years).
She loves shooting baskets and watching the Detroit Pistons play basketball. If asked, she will tell you her favorite player is SHEED. She is a tremendous blessing.
Originally posted by chissler
As rare as some of these diseases are, it seems their stories are common.
Individuals like this deserve the exposure, so the ignorant who victimize themselves over sour grapes realize how little their problems really are. A child in this position, or their parents, who can wake up every morning with a smile on their face is a blessing. How could you raise a child that has no future? How could you look your child in the eyes and not know if you will have the opportunity tomorrow?
The strength these parents display is extraordinary.