This Baby Was Born With The Face Of An 80-Year-Old Man, And Doctors Were Left Utterly Dumbstruck

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Image: The Cell Nucleus and Aging: Tantalizing Clues and Hopeful Promises
Image: The Cell Nucleus and Aging: Tantalizing Clues and Hopeful Promises

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.

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Image: DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images
Image: DESHAKALYAN CHOWDHURY/AFP/Getty Images

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.

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