Meet a newborn who looks like an 80-year-old man because he has a rare case of progeria which has causes him to age quickly. Born in Magura, Bangladesh, he has wrinkles, hollow eyes, a shrunken body and a thick layer of hair on his back.
The condition – which affects just one in four million – often restricts children from having a normal life and causes their body to age faster than it should.
A doctor, who had been treating him, said the baby does not look like a new born at all, because of the prominent sings of ageing such a excessive wrinkles and rough skin texture.
This notwithstanding, his parents are over the moon with the birth of their ‘miracle’ child and can’t hold back their happiness.
The baby’s father Biswajit Patro said they are thankful to God, “There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son,” he said.
“We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house.We are already blessed to have to have a daughter. Now we are a family of four. What else can we ask for,” he added.
The couple have had many curious people visit their home in a quest to catch a glimpse of their son.
The doctors at the local hospital have assured the family the baby will do well for now, even though,they remain uncertain what measures can be taken to treat the boy and help him with the condition as he grows older.
But the family remains positive he will grow up healthily despite most children with the condition not living past the age of 13.
Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), is caused by a single mistake in a gene which causes it to make an abnormal protein.
When cells use the protein – called progerin – they break down more easily. Progerin builds up in many cells of children with progeria, causing them to age more quickly.