According to New York Daily News on Tuesday, a woman who died last week at the age of 20 never aged. Brooke Greenberg, of Reisterstown, Md., puzzled medical professionals for years because she still looked and acted like a toddler. Doctors eventually dubbed her extremely rare condition "Syndrome X."
“While the outside world may have noticed Brooke’s physical stature and been puzzled by her unique development state, she brought joy and love to her family,” Rabi Andrew Busch, who delivered the eulogy at the funeral, told the Daily News Monday.
“Her parents, three sisters and extended family showered her with love and respected her dignity throughout her entire life.”
The second youngest of four sisters, Greenberg was one of approximately twelve known cases of chromosome X, which prevents sufferers from aging, among other medical conditions, ABC News reported. Brooke has been through more than a few lifetimes of medical complications -- all of which she survived "without explanation". By the age of six, she'd suffered a stroke, a surgery for stomach ulcers, and 14 days of sleep caused by a brain tumor.
According to Richard F. Walker, a medical researcher at All Children's Hospital in St. Petersburg who has followed Brooke's case since age two, there is no genetic or chromosomal explanation for her condition.
Brooke still had baby teeth at age 16, and her bone age was estimated to be more like 10.
"There've been very minimal changes in Brooke's brain," he said. "Various parts of her body, rather than all being at the same stage, seem to be disconnected."
Walker also studies Gabby Williams, an 8-year-old from Billings, Mont., who weighs only 11 pounds and a 29-year-old Florida man who has the body of a 10-year-old. Like Brooke, they never seem to age.
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