8-years old girl Anna Sakidon has died of old age in Ukraine after suffering a rare genetic disease. Anna’s biological age was nearer to 80. The child reached her eighth birthday last month but only weighed 17lbs.
She was suffering from an abnormally rare genetic progeria disease. This disease affects only 160 people in the world.
Because of her premature aging, she suffered various issues regarding her health. She died from multiple organ failure. Her mother Ivana said she was ready to sacrifice everything for her.
Head of the Foundation of Ukrainian Volunteers helped Anna Sakidon’s medical treatment. She said: “Her only dream is to discover one day that the diagnosis of the doctors was wrong.”
She had been treated at Volyn Regional Children Medical Complex since childhood. Soon after birth, she was diagnosed with progeria.
Progeria also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS). It is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age fast. Most kids with progeria do not live past age 13. The disease affects both sexes and all races equally. It affects about 1 in every 4 million births worldwide.
Anna suffered from the early aging of her inner organs and body system. Her bones grew slowly while her organs aged rapidly. Such patients usually die from strokes. Anna suffered several strokes, and paralysis of her limbs.
She started walking when she was ten months old. By 11 months she walked well with her mother everywhere.
Anna was scared of light that’s why she only go outside in the evening.