1The 26-year-old woman who learned to love her wrinkles
Geurts claims it wasn't until she was in her early 20s that she came to love her body and embrace her wrinkles. Now, she hopes that through modeling she can become the face of Ehlers-Danlos and show other people who have the condition that they're beautiful just as they are.
2The young Vietnamese woman who mysteriously aged overnight
Nguyen, 26, says she developed this puffy face and sagging skin in 2008 but was too poor to seek treatment. Nguyen's husband, carpenter Thanh Tuyen, insists the story is true and his love has not faded for his once-beautiful wife.
Nguyen has always worn wear a mask in public to hide her appearance from prying eyes, but she has now sought help from doctors to see if they can reverse the aging effect. (Source)
3The first black girl diagnosed with progeria
4The brothers with a rare genetic condition that's aging them too fast
While doctors have not given the boys a proper diagnosis, they have ruled out progeria, a genetic condition known to cause premature aging. Mother Savita Jadhav, 30, from Pune in central India, is worried her sons will die young and is desperate for answers from doctors. (Source)
5The young woman who had a facelift at 16 because a rare condition makes her look decades older than she really is
At first, the mother and daughter from Rotherham, South Yorkshire, were under the impression their appearance was down to a condition called lipodystrophy. However, after visiting the US and meeting with Dr. Abu Garg, a lipodystrophy expert at the University of Texas, they, in fact, found they were suffering from an even rarer condition known as Cutis Laxa. As well as the obvious symptoms, Cutis Laxa can cause serious health problems affecting the lungs, heart, and arteries. (Source)
6The Chinese toddler who looks old and wrinkled
Over eight million people live in the city, but Yuxin looks one of a kind. Her face is wrinkly, and her cheeks are saggy. Sources say that skin elsewhere on her body is even looser than it is on her face.
Her mother remembers that the baby's skin was loose when she was born. One of her doctors believes she suffers from Cutis Laxa. (Source)
7The boy who looks like an old man
People in the community stay away from him, and children are afraid to play with him, despite his having above average intelligence. Bayezid is believed to suffer from progeria, which ages the body at eight times the normal rate.
8The real life Benjamin Button from Bangladesh
The baby was born with an extremely rare genetic disorder called progeria at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in Dhaka. As you can see, he looks like elderly at just one day old. (Source)