#18 – Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria
Progeria is an extremely rare genetic illness which makes a child age rapidly and look like they are 80-years old when they haven’t even celebrated their 5th birthday.
It’s estimated that only 1 in 8 million newborns will be diagnosed with progeria. Most people born with progeria have an average life span of only 11-13 years. There are some rare cases of people born with progeria to live into their twenties.
Sadly, there is no cure for this disease although efforts are being made to find a cure.