Meet Hana Hwang, a 13-year-old who suffers from progeria. This condition causes children to age eight to ten times faster than the average person. It is a non-curable ailment and only 10 such cases exist in the US. Such kids survive on average just 13 years, Hana’s age.
“Progeria is an extremely rare genetic condition wherein symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at an early age. The word progeria comes from the Greek words “pro,” meaning “before”, and “géras”, meaning “old age”. The disorder has very low incidences and occurs in an estimated 1 per 8 million live births. Those born with progeria typically live to their mid teens and early twenties. It is a genetic condition that occurs as a new mutation, and is rarely inherited. Although the term progeria applies strictly speaking to all diseases characterized by premature aging symptoms, and is often used as such, it is often applied specifically in reference to Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS).” – Wikipedia.