1The 26-year-old woman who learned to love her wrinkles
Sara Geurts thinks her wrinkles are “the most beautiful thing ever.” The 26-year-old model was just 10 when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers-Danlos is a connective tissue disorder which affects the body's ability to produce collagen. Geurts has a rare form of the disease called dermatosparaxis which causes her skin to wrinkle prematurely.
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
These pictures may look like an attractive woman in her 20s and her grandmother. But they are said to be the same person – apparently taken just days apart. The young Vietnamese woman at the center of the improbable medical case, Nguyen Thi Phuong, claims the transformation may have come about because of an extreme allergy to seafood.
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.
3The first black girl diagnosed with progeria
Ontlametse Phalatse died in 2017 soon after celebrating her 18th birthday. In 2009, doctors diagnosed Phalatse with progeria, the rare genetic condition that accelerates the body's aging process, and estimated that she would not live beyond the age of 13. However, Ontlametse defied all expectations and celebrated her 18th birthday with South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria before passing away two months later.
4The brothers with a rare genetic condition that's aging them too fast
They are old beyond their years. Brothers Ramesh and Laxman Jadhav, aged 8 and 13, suffer from a rare genetic disorder that has left their body aging too fast. They are scared to go outside and hide under their mother's clothes to avoid the ridicule from other children.
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.
5The young woman who had a facelift at 16 because a rare condition makes her look decades older than she really is
This young woman had a facelift at 16 due to a rare condition that makes her look decades older than she is. Since the age of 12, Zara Hartshorn has often been mistaken for a woman in her 40s due to a genetic disease she inherited from her mother Tracey, who despite being 43, is also often mistaken for a pensioner.
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.
6The Chinese toddler who looks old and wrinkled
This baby is only a year old but already looks 80. Her name is Yuxin, and she tragically suffers from a rare skin disease. She is currently a patient at a hospital in the city of Zhengzhou, in the Henan Province in central China.
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.
7The boy who looks like an old man
Bayezid Hossain, from outside Magura, southern Bangladesh, suffers a swollen face, hollow eyes, sagging skin, aching joints, difficulties passing urine, and already has weak and broken teeth.
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
A newborn in Bangladesh has something in common with Brad Pitt—or at least a classic movie version featuring him as Benjamin Button, a person whose ages in reverse.
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.