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Baby Boy Has Condition That Makes Him Look Like Old Man, But Parents Are Thrilled With Him

A baby born in India maybe just a newborn, but he already looks like he could be a miniature 80-year-old man. The infant suffers from a severe case of a rare genetic disease that affects only one in four million people.

Despite the fact that he doesn't look like other babies, his parents are over the moon and completely in love with their little old man.
 
The baby was born in Magura, Bangladesh and shocked everyone when he made his entrance into the world. He seemed to be aging at an accelerated rate even in the womb. By time he came into the world, he already had wrinkles, hollow, sunken eyes and a hair back — he looks like a tiny old man.

 

Doctors were stunned. They believe he has progeria, a very rare condition that causes the body to age faster that it should. This is what caused the tyke to look like a pocket-sized grandpa.
 
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), more commonly known simply as 'progeria', is caused by an abnormal protein created due to a minor genetic mistake. This protein, called progerin, gets used by cells and it causes them to break down more easily.

When a child builds up many of these cells in his system, it accelerates the aging process.
 
"The baby does not look like a new born at all," reports one doctor who treated the infant. "There are prominent signs of ageing such as excessive wrinkles and rough skin texture."
 
 

The baby also has an extremely hairy back.
 
In his mom and dad's eyes, though, he's perfect. They call him their 'miracle' child and they're beaming with joy.
 
"We can only thank God. There is no need to be unhappy about the appearance of my son," said his father, Biswajit Patro. "We will accept him the way he is. We are so happy to have a baby boy in the house. We are already blessed to have to have a daughter. Now we are a family of four. What else can we ask for."

  

The little guy has become something of a curiosity for the community. People have dropped by asking the parents if they could see him. The family is proud to show off their new addition. And though many may be shocked at the baby’s unusual appearance at first, in looking at him for a few minutes, you can’t help but admit that, in his own way, he’s positively adorable.
 
Sadly, it's unknown just yet what the future holds for this 'old' newborn baby. Children suffering from Progeria usually die young. They're not expected to see their teens.
 
Doctors at the India hospital have reassured the family that the baby is all right for now, but it's likely only a matter of time before health issues due to his aging problem begin to kick in.
 
 

Thankfully, this little one was blessed with a loving and accepting family. No matter how long he may live, he has that going for him, and that's more than some children get.

Source: MailOnline
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