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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  • sawa37
    sawa37Tuesday, March 31, 2015 at 5:02 pm
    Same here!!!
    • ginnypandas444
      ginnypandas444Sunday, March 8, 2015 at 4:42 pm
      Wow. I can't believe that even exists! It's remarkable he is still living life to the fullest. Go Harry, all of our best wishes to you!!! xoxoxo
      • kiwi100123
        kiwi100123Saturday, February 28, 2015 at 7:23 am
        Poor him
        • basketball4lifeSunday, February 15, 2015 at 6:07 pm
          live life to the fullest
          • animaljamz
            animaljamzFriday, February 13, 2015 at 9:55 am
            I hope good for this boy
            • super crazy dudTuesday, February 10, 2015 at 12:31 pm
              really sad :(
              • pepsi-101
                pepsi-101Tuesday, February 10, 2015 at 8:01 am
                Wow this is so sad ;(
                • adalyn2011
                  adalyn2011Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:36 am
                  that's really said :(
                  • crazygirl220
                    crazygirl220Friday, February 6, 2015 at 11:34 am
                    :( :( :( :( :( :( :( :( so sad
                    • JJFriday, February 6, 2015 at 8:18 am
                      super sad