An 8-year-old girl who never ages and who weighs only 11 lbs., is just one of a handful of people in the world who may hold the secret to the aging process. TLC will air a special on this 8-year-old girl, Abby Williams, along with two other people who also have this extremely rare condition, on Monday night, according to the Christian Post Entertainment News on Aug 17.
The network's special, “40-Year-Old Child: A New Case,” will feature Abby's case along with two more cases. One of those cases is that of a 29-year-old Florida man, who has aged to the point where he has the body of a 10-year-old. A 31-year-old Brazilian woman, who is the size of a 2-year-old, is the third case in his study.
Medical experts and scientists are stumped by this condition and still do not know what happens to stop the aging process in these individuals, but these three people seem to be connected by the similar condition. With the three subjects who have the same type of condition researchers are attempting to isolate a common factor between them in hopes of discovering a way to halt aging.
The TLC special will also feature the medical researcher, Richard F. Walker, who has dedicated his life's work to finding that switch to turn off the aging process. A switch that he believes these three people may hold the key to. Walker said:
"In some people, something happens to them and the development process is retarded. The rate of change in the body slows and is negligible."
"My whole career has been focused on the aging process, My fixation has been not on the consequences but the cause of it."
If Walker's quest to find the cause of this condition is successful, the next step of learning to control or manipulate the aging process could quite possible someday lead to a process that will halt or dramatic slow aging. This sounds like the makings of a science fiction movie where you come across a town or city and no one appears to be over the age of 25.
It is not known just how close Walker is in his quest to finding what is halting the aging process in these folks, but for more information and details on this study tune into the TLC network at 8 p.m. ET on Monday night Aug. 19.