Wednesday, May 12, 2010
Teenage Girl Locked in a Toddler’s Body
|While aging is an inevitable fact of life everyone has to deal with, one girl named Brooke Greenberg defies all logic by being just 30 inches tall and having the mental age of a one year old, in spite of actually being 17 years old.|
Doctors are now studying Brooke's abnormal condition and trying to pinpoint the exact reason for the anomaly. They believe the results of the study may provide important insight into the science of aging and how it can be tackled.
Brooke was born in 1993 in Reistertown near Baltimore and was like all other babies her age. But soon her parents Melanie and Howard saw signs that were different from others especially after Brooke suffered a series of unexplained medical emergencies.
Doctors thought at that time that because her body parts were out of sync with each other they were not developing normally and co-ordinating with each other. But recent studies show that Brooke may have a defect in the genes called syndrome X that are needed for the aging process resulting in the abnormal aging condition.
Brooke has three sisters, Emily 24, Caitlin 20 and Carly 14 who are all of average size and development. Although Brooke is able to interact with them making signs, and recognising sounds, she cannot speak. She also still has her baby teeth intact.
According to Professor Richard Walker, of the University of South Florida School of Medicine, who has been leading the study,
He also adds that studying Brooke’s DNA will also give them an opportunity to answer the question of why are we mortal.
The family meanwhile considers their ageless daughter as gift. Her father wants the research to be carried out as he thinks it will help understand aging better and help others.
“Brooke is the nucleus of our family”, says Howard, “what if she holds the secret to aging? We’d like to find out. We’d like to help people. Everybody is here for a reason. Maybe this is why Brooke is here.”Related Articles:
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