Kaylee Halko who was diagnosed with Progeria, a genetic condition that makes children grow old ten times faster, is raising money along with her family to support a fundraiser for the Progeria Research Foundation at the Maumee Festival. Barbara Walters had reported earlier about two vibrant girls, Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe suffering from Progeria.
Children with progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), generally appear normal at birth. By 12 months, symptoms develop such as slow growth and hair loss, begin to appear. Shortened lifespan is a direct link. People diagnosed with progeria survive till their early teenage years.
People diagnosed with this disorder usually have small, fragile bodies, like those of elderly people. Later, the condition causes wrinkled skin, atherosclerosis, kidney failure, loss of eyesight, hair loss, and cardiovascular problems.
Here are some pictures of people diagnosed with progeria: