11-Year Old Suffers From Rare 'Aging' Disease

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Harry Crowther is just like any 11-year old except for the fact that he suffers from arthritis and gets tired quite easily. The reason for his ailments? A rare, incurable genetic disease, which is causing his body to age, five times the rate of a normal human being.

The young boy's symptoms started to appear just after he turned one, when his parents noticed his skin starting to tighten. However, no doctor was able to diagnose his condition until, his parents happened upon a documentary of a young girl suffering from a similar disease. That's when the experts realized that he was suffering from an extremely rare, uncurable genetic disease, called Atypical Progeria Syndrome (APS).

While there are a handful of people who suffer from something similar, doctors believe that Harry is the only one in the world with this particular strain of APS.

What's really frustrating is that the experts have no idea what to expect next and therefore, can do nothing to help the young boy. So, while the eleven-year old wants to do all the activities normal kids do - like climb trees, ride bikes and swim, he is a little limited, because of his 'aged' body!

However, the plucky Mirfield, West Yorkshire resident is taking it all in stride. The only thing that frustrates him, is not having anybody to share his symptoms with and, the stares he receives from strangers who do not know about his disease. We sure hope the doctors can come up with a solution that will help cure the tween of this bizarre sickness.

source:dailymail.co.uk, news.com.au

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  • okmasterboi
    okmasterboiover 3 years
    now i want to devote my career to helping him
    • partyrockover 4 years
      i feel so sorry for him.........
      • foreverbritish
        foreverbritishover 5 years
        This makes me want to spend my entire life researching and working so I can cure him.
        • rainbowdash123
          rainbowdash123about 7 years
          I wish I could help this young boy I feel bad him
          • ...about 7 years
            wow i really want to donate to his doctors to get more like scientists to help them figure out how to cure him so he can live his dream by being like the normal kids!
            • AWESOMEover 7 years
              WISH I COULD HELP
              • tiana19149
                tiana19149over 7 years
                So sorry for him :'( I wish I was there to give him the support and love he needs, I understand it's tough but hey, just be happy to be alive and loved! Stay strong Harry!
                • bluefox
                  bluefoxover 6 years
                  Thank you for that warm and heartfelt comment! May love and happiness be ever in your favor!
                  • kppop
                    kppopalmost 7 years
                    I agree
                  • shivi483
                    shivi483over 7 years
                    So sorry for him he should be awesome Harry when u are better just fell awesome
                    • tree300
                      tree300over 7 years
                      Go Harry! Live your life and do not worry what strangers think of you. All that matters is that you tink positive of yourself!!!
                      • tree300
                        tree300over 7 years
                        poor kid