South African Girl Who Suffered From Rare Genetic Disorder Has Died


18-year-old South African, Ontlametse Phalatse, who suffered from a rare genetic disorder which causes rapid premature aging has dies.

The small girl  passed away on Tuesday night at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, outside Pretoria.

 She was one of two South African girls living with Progeria and was predicted that she would only survive until her 14th birthday.
Last month, President Jacob Zuma met her in other to fulfill her wish to meet him.
The Phalatse family has released a statement on the death of Phalatse;

“It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of our first lady, Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse,” read the statement. Our hearts are filled with pain and sadness but Ontlametse — as we know her — would want us to carry on with her courageous spirit.”

Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome is an extremely rare condition where a child ages eight times faster than normal and such children usually die from a heart attack or stroke.

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