Woman Dies at 20 Years Old but Still Looking 5 Years Old Due To Mystery Illness
It was a tragic death for Brooke Greenberg at the tender age of 20 years old on October 24, but her life has been even more tragic because she has been frozen for most of her life at the age of 5 due to a mysterious condition.
Although when she died she was old enough to drive, Greenberg was forced to live most of her short life like a toddler because she live with a medical condition that stopped the aging process in her body.
When she was born a month premature at only 4lb (1.8 kg) her parents had reasons to be worried about her size. She was just too small, although she was bigger than some of the tiniest premature babies.
Greenberg’s parents hoped that she would soon develop and catch up with other children but when her younger sister was born and soon began to overtake her, their worries became a reality and they realized that something was terribly wrong with their daughter.
According to NBC News, Greenberg spent most of her life under the care of doctors because she had problems such as stomach ulcers, respiratory distress and various orthopedic issues and she spent most of her life looking like a five-year-old.
Various tests were done on Greenberg throughout her life but no abnormalities showed up in her genes that were associated with aging. Her three other sisters were also perfectly normal and her parents had no history of abnormal development.
Greenberg’s condition has baffled doctors and scientists who simply refer to her condition as “Syndrome X.” Although they are unsure as to the causes of the condition, some experts believe it to begin while the child is still in the womb.
Similar cases as that of Greenberg have been observed throughout the world and the condition remains a mystery to doctors and scientists alike.
Apparently Greenberg just stopped growing completely when she reached the age of five and before that she had been taking one step forward and two steps backward with regards to her development pattern, according to experts.
Researchers at the Icahn Institute for Genomics and Multiscale Biology at the Mount Sinai Medical Center, New York City obtained permission from Greenberg’s parents to sequence their daughter’s DNA and they hoped to learn more about longevity by injecting her genes into fruit flies, according to reports.