A newborn baby in Magura, Bangladesh stunned attending doctors after he was born with wrinkles, hollow eyes, a shrunken body and a thick layer of hair on his back.
The attending doctor said, “The baby does not look like a newborn at all. There are prominent signs of aging such an excessive wrinkles and rough skin texture.”
Apparently, he has a rare condition called Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS).
HGPS affects just one in four million which causes a body to age faster than it should.
According to Daily Mail, “Progeria is caused by a single mistake in a particular gene, which causes it to make abnormal protein. When cells use this protein, called progerin, they break down more easily. Progerin builds up in many cells of children with progeria, thereby causing them to age more quickly. Although most children with the condition appear healthy when they are born, they start to show signs of the disease during their first year.”
Despite the baby’s appearance, his parents were still happy for his birth.
Biswajit Patro, the baby’s father said, “We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son. We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house. We are already blessed to have a daughter. Now we are a family of four. What else can we ask for.”
The local hospital has assured the family that the baby will do well for now. But they were uncertain to what measures can be taken to treat the boy and help him with the condition as he grows older.
However, the family remains positive that the baby will grow up healthy despite the fact that most children with progeria could not live past the age of 13.
Meanwhile, Biswajit and his wife, Parul, welcomed curious people in their home just to catch a glimpse of their son.