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South African Young Mother Gives Birth To Baby With Rare Genetic Condition, Progeria



South African Young Mother Gives Birth To Baby With Rare Genetic Condition, Progeria

A South African young mother has given birth to a baby with a rare condition called progeria.

The 20-year-old young mother from Libode in Eastern Cape, delivered the baby girl at home two months ago.


Recently, local mid-wives including the baby's grandmother noticed that she exhibited signs that were different from most babies. Her hands are deformed and her skin was wrinkled.

Report had it that both the mother and baby were currently hospitalized.

The Progeria is a progressive genetic disorder that causes children to age rapidly. It is also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS) which is caused by a mutation (change) in the lamin (LMNA) gene.

Explaining on how she gave birth, the grandmother said when she was in labour, they called an ambulance but it took long to come. So, she gave birth at home. But the delivery got complicated and they hired a van to take her to hospital.

She further said that they were told right there at the hospital that the baby was disabled.

The grandmother said, "I noticed during her birth that there was something strange with her. She did not cry and she was breathing through the ribs. I was shocked because that was strange. Now I hear that people are calling her names. That hurts a lot. If I had means, I would put all of them in jail.”

Director of children’s rights organisation, Khula Community Development Project, Petros Majola, believes communities need to be educated about this condition.

"Communities must know that the mother did not apply for her baby to be like this. In a woman’s womb, there is no construction or factory that builds babies. People need to embrace this child for who she is,” Majola added.

According to medical experts, the genetic condition occurs randomly and is not inherited.

Doctor Martha Mayer, a neonatologist at the Nelson Mandela Academic Hospital says the syndrome is very rare.

"Progeria is a genetic condition that makes the baby age faster. Another thing is that these children also develop heart diseases and their life span is very short. We have never had a child with that condition in this hospital. It is very rare, maybe it happens to one in four or eight million people.”

The baby's photos have been circulating on social media. Alot of people have given reasons which they think might be the cause of the baby's health condition.
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