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    12-Year-Old Maryland Girl Has Not Aged inYears

    Strange story!

    12-Year-Old Maryland Girl Has Not Aged In Years
    http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/1402638/posts

    BALTIMORE -- Imagine being frozen in time as a baby forever. It sounds impossible, but it describes Brooke Greenberg.

    The Baltimore-area girl may look like a baby, but she's nearly a teenager. In most respects, Brooke looks and acts like your average 6-month-old baby -- she weighs 13 pounds and she is 27 inches long.

    Brooke Greenberg, 12, weighs 13 pounds and is 27 inches long.

    But Brooke is actually 12 years old, reported WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

    Brooke doesn't age. Her syndrome remains undiagnosed and unnamed, and as far as doctors can tell, she is the only one in the world who has it.

    Dr. Laurence Pakula has been Brooke's pediatrician since she was born.

    "In height, weight, she's 6 to 12 months," Pakula said. "If you ask any physician who knows nothing about her, the response is that she is maybe a handicapped 2-year-old."

    Her body may not be aging, but Brooke's health is deteriorating. She is fed through a tube, and she's had strokes, seizures, ulcers, severe respiratory problems and a tumor the size of a lemon.

    The four times Brooke has come dangerously close to death, she bounced back and no one knows why.

    Pakula points out that the girl has a strong sense of self and of sibling rivalry. Brooke has no language skills, but she does have enough motor skills to pull herself up in her crib or scoot across the kitchen floor.

    Pakula said Brooke has thrived because of the support of her parents and three sisters.

    "When one sees how much she has accomplished, it's a wonderful reminder that even for someone who's limited, it's a wonderful world out there," Pakula said.

    As genetic research expands, scientists might be able to learn the secrets of this little girl. But until then, it is Brooke who is doing the teaching.

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    I should like to see a picture.

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    Couldn't find any pics, despite a brief google.
    The original site that hosted the story had pics, and everywhere just spidered from the original, so now that it's been pulled, the image links are all dead everywhere.

    A deeper hunt should turn some up though, I'll post them if I run into them.

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    Indeed, it would be most interesting to see what she looks like...

    I've never heard of anything like this. Oh yeah: "...and as far as doctors can tell, she is the only one in the world who has it."

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    Scientifically, there might be a lot of interesting things about the aging process to be learned from studying her genetics and physiology. If she has some unique genetic structure or hormonal pattern that stalls or severely retards the aging process, that information could be put to use in developing anti-aging therapy in the future.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Telperion
    Scientifically, there might be a lot of interesting things about the aging process to be learned from studying her genetics and physiology. If she has some unique genetic structure or hormonal pattern that stalls or severely retards the aging process, that information could be put to use in developing anti-aging therapy in the future.
    Yes, that is what immediately struck me, and why I posted it.
    I believe death is primarily programmed into us, so that we can adapt to our environment more effectively as a species over time. Look at the way Salmon just fall apart and die after spawning. Spawning triggers the death sequence in them quickly, though in us it probably works a little more slowly. As for perpetual perfect cellular reproduction, Cancer cells can do it.

    Wear and tear certainly play their part though (telomere caps and all)

    Understanding this girl's condition would be very enlightening.

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