The girl who couldn't grow has died. On Oct. 31, it was reported that Brooke Greenburg recently passed away in her home state of Maryland. Greenburg was 20-years-old but she never aged -- physically or mentally -- past the age of a toddler. The cause of her rare condition, which is called "Syndrome X," is unknown.
Brooke had problems in life right from the start. She was born premature and weighed only 4lbs. She didn't grow very fast and her mental development also lagged. Her younger sister eventually surpassed her in growth on all levels. In fact, Brooke's little sister was walking and talking while Brooke still cooed from her crib.
Brooke suffered a brain tumor, a stroke, and several other medical issues during the first few years of her life. Strangely, Brooke completely healed from these ailments. Doctors were shocked at her ability to overcome these obstacles despite having such serious developmental troubles.
Brooke's parents have agreed to have their daughter's DNA sequenced. Doctors hope that they will be able to find some answers with further research.
© Effie Orfanides 2013