However, following further examination, doctors now believe that the youngster may be suffering from a condition known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), which is often shortened to Progeria. The illness is so rare that as few as one in every four million babies are diagnosed with it.
The condition is the result of a single abnormality in the child’s genetic makeup, and one symptom is that the child’s body grows older much more quickly than it normally would. As such, new-born infants come into the world already bearing the hallmarks of old age. And, sadly, most sufferers don’t survive past the age of 13.