A new born baby looks like an 80-year-old man in the district of Magura,
Bangladesh, was found to have a rare condition called progeria.
Local doctors, who have been left stunned, say the baby has wrinkles on the
face, has a very shrunken body and hollow eyes.
"The baby does not look like a new born at all. There are prominent sings of
ageing such as excessive wrinkles and rough skin texture," said a doctor who
has been treating the baby.
‘Progeria is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age faster than it should. Most children with the condition – which affects just one in every 4million births worldwide – don’t live past the age of 13.
However, the parents of the baby are jubilant with the birth of their
Biswajit Patro, father of the baby, who is a farmer, is ecstatic and can't hold back his happiness. "We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son. We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house," he said.
Biswajit and his wife, Parul Patro, have been busy attending curious guests
who have been thronging their home to catch a glimpse of their son.
"We have been getting a lot of visitors. Relatives, neighbours and even
people from neighbouring villages have come to see our son. We are happy to host them all" said Biswajit.
"We are already blessed to have to have a daughter. Now we are a family of four. What else can we ask for."
The doctors at the local hospital have assured the Patro family that the
baby will do well for now. However, it remains uncertain what measures can be
taken to treat the baby.
The family also hopes that the baby grows up to become a healthy boy.