A 11-year old British boy has been diagnosed with a rare genetic disease known as Atypical Progeria Syndrome that has seen him age five times faster than his friends.
Harry Crowther was diagnosed with the disease at the UT Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas with the hospital revealing that the defect has been caused by a mutation of the gene known as LMNA.
Crowther's parents first noticed about the condition when he was one year old after his skin began to tighten while changes occurred on his face. Though they took his to a number of doctors, they were unable to provide a specific prognosis until the parents saw a TV documentary regarding a girl having similar symptoms.
Sharon Crowther revealed that her son already suffers from arthritis while the bones in his fingers and collar bone have started to erode. "We have had our tears and the "why us" moments like every family would have. But we have to remember he is walking, talking and is in mainstream school", she added.