It may be the most misunderstood disease among many unexplainable medical conditions. Its rarity adds to the mystery, as do the symptoms. Called “progeria” it’s an ailment which rapidly speeds up the body’s aging process. Sometimes, a patient can become “old” within a few short years, their physical condition resembling that of an elderly person when, in years, they are no more than a toddler. There are other complications as well, including hollow eyes, sagging skin, ageing joints, and other physical challenges. Considered a genetic disorder, it is very rare indeed, and as a result, very misunderstood.
In Third World countries and other places with limited access to science and technology, it can be even more alarming. Bayezid Hossain, from a small town outside Magura in Bangladesh, understands this all too well. The community shuns him, and he cannot attend school because the other children are afraid of him. While his family is poor, they have spent what little money they have seeking answers for his condition, but so far, they’ve seen little results. It is said that Bayezid also suffers from cutis laxa, a disease which sees the skin hanging off the body in fleshy folds. It’s a combination of troubles that breaks his mother’s heart. She told one reporter:
“His physical growth is completely abnormal but mentally, he has wonderful conversation, very aware and is very intuitive for his age. He does not look like other children. He looks like an old man. As a first time mother I can’t bear the pain of seeing my child like this.”
This Is Four-Year-Old Bayezid
Here He Is With His Mother
His Father Enjoys Playing With Him
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