Progeria is a rare medical condition that affects only one in eight million babies born every year.
Unfortunately, this disorder is as severe as it is rare. Progeria is a devastating condition that changes the outcome of every life it touches.
The beautiful souls that live with progeria, like the little one in the video below, walk through life facing more challenges than anyone ever should.
This disease is caused by a malformation in genetic material. This photo shows just a tiny portion of this genetic mix-up by comparing a normal nucleus (left) with nucleus found in someone with progeria.
While this is a simple visual representation, the actual DNA discrepancy is deeply complex and profoundly affects the life of the carrier.
The bodies of children with progeria age far faster than average. Not only do they experience visual signs of aging, but they also fall victim to health issues normally associated with the elderly.
Kidney failure, heart problems, cataracts, and bone and joint dysfunction are common among those with progeria. Due to their warp-speed aging process, these children usually do not live past their preteen years.
While progeria is hard to read about, it's even more heartbreaking to see with your own eyes.
The video below shows a sweet baby boy with progeria who was born in Bangladesh recently.video-player-present
At first, local doctors were puzzled and didn't know what to make of him...
But there's no confusion here. Not only is he just as lovable as any other infant, but I'm willing to bet that he'll grow to be far braver than most of us could ever hope to be!