A baby boy who looks like an 80-year-old man actually has a rare condition which 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.
Local doctors were left stunned as to what the cause of his ageing is – but they believe he has progeria.
His family remain positive he will grow up healthily despite most children with the condition not living past the age of 13
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.
‘There are prominent sings of ageing such a excessive wrinkles and rough skin texture.’
But his parents are over the moon with the birth of their ‘miracle’ child and can’t hold back their happiness.
Father Biswajit Patro said
‘We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son. 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.
WHAT IS PROGERIA?
Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age faster than it should.
Most children with the condition – which affects just one in every 4million births worldwide – don’t live past the age of 13.
It is caused by a single mistake in a particular gene, which causes it to make abnormal protein. When cells use this protein, called progerin, they break down more easily.
Progerin builds up in many cells of children with progeria, thereby causing them to age more quickly.
Although most children with the condition appear healthy when they are born, they start to show signs of the disease during their first year.
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