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    Health Mystery - 12 Year Old Girl Doesn't Age

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    12-Year-Old Maryland Girl Has Not Aged In Years
    Syndrome Remains Undiagnosed

    UPDATED: 11:15 am EDT May 13, 2005

    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."

    Doctors say Brooke has thrived because of the support of her parents and three sisters.

    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.

    Distributed by Internet Broadcasting Systems, Inc.

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    Man.....

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    Very bizarre and sad.
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    Dam, that sounds like somethin out of the twilight zone or something. Either way, that still sucks big time!
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    I guess you never know what to can happen in this crazy world, definetly a sad story.

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    I hope that when she dies, the doctors can never figure out how she hasn't aged. It's a very scary thought what the value of that knowledge would be to the wrong people.
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    That is really bizarre and yes VERY VERY sad...hopefully though doctors can learn from this and hopefully prevent it from happening again

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    Quote Originally Posted by rrussou812
    That is really bizarre and yes VERY VERY sad...hopefully though doctors can learn from this and hopefully prevent it from happening again

    Um....if it's something you are born with...oh, and let's not forget the fact that the doctors have never seen it before, and have no idea what the fuck it is...um...HOW would they prevent it???

    Just thought I'd point that out to you.

    And yes, it is weird...but I can't imagine it unless I have a picture.

    There are people who are born on the 29th of Feb...poor barstards. They can look 20, but only be 5 years old or so.
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    Quote Originally Posted by journeyrocks
    Um....if it's something you are born with...oh, and let's not forget the fact that the doctors have never seen it before, and have no idea what the fuck it is...um...HOW would they prevent it???
    Hence the reason why I said that hopefully doctors can learn from her existing condition and hopefully prevent it from happening again (i.e. find a drug to combat, find the cause of the disease, find a cure..etc)

    There are people who are born on the 29th of Feb...poor barstards. They can look 20, but only be 5 years old or so.
    I really do hope your not seriously trying to compare someone who has a leap year birthday to what that little girl has....

 

 

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