An eight-year-old who never ages, this is how the doctors and medical professionals refer to Gabby Williams. She looks like a newborn and needs the care that a newborn baby requires. This little girl has the facial features of a newborn and still only weighs 11 lbs. This eight-year-old from Billings, Montana has doctors stumped, according to ABC News on Aug. 16.
Gabby Williams’ mother shared what it is like to have a daughter who should be playing with dolls, running in the playground and jumping rope at her age, but instead this adorable newborn-size child has her diapers changed, she's fed like an infant and her mom cradles her just like a baby. For all intensive purposes, this little girl is a baby.
The mysterious condition doesn't have a name, but it slows the little girls rate of aging. Gabby is not the first child to be born with this condition, but it is so rare only a few people have this aging disorder in the world today. A doctor, who is trying to find a way to stop the aging process has been studying Gabby. He is looking for a genetic "off-switch" to stop the aging process.
Medical researcher Richard F. Walker is not only studying Gabby, but he is studying two other people who have striking similarities. "In some people, something happens to them and the development process is retarded," said . "The rate of change in the body slows and is negligible."
The other people in Walker's study is a 29-year-old Florida man, who has the body of a 10-year-old, and a 31-year-old Brazilian woman, who is the size of a 2-year-old. Just like Gabby, neither of these two people ever seem to grow older.