Teen’s rare condition makes her look older than her parents

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A 14-year-old girl has struggled to find answers as to why her face seemingly ages at an unusually fast rate, making her look older than he mother.

Xiao Li, better known by her nickname 'Yiyi', has been taken to several hospitals by her dad, identified only as Mr Li, but no one has yet been able to help the family from Henan Province in China.

According to the news site Baidu, Mr Li has visited countless doctors but none have been able to provide the family with a diagnosis or treatment plan for their daughter.

Xiao Li, 14, may have a rare condition which makes her appear older than she actually is. Source: AsiaWire/ Australscope
Xiao Li, 14, may have a rare condition which makes her appear older than she actually is. Source: AsiaWire/ Australscope

Mr Li told Baidu that the lack of help from the health authorities has left the family feeling incredibly helpless.

Yiyi often asks her parents why they even gave birth to her as her condition makes life very difficult for the teenager.

According to the family, people often point at the teen and sneer while others directly make fun of her appearance.

Some Chinese reports said the girl is probably suffering from the rare genetic condition ‘progeria’, otherwise known as Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, however the family has not received an official diagnosis.

The 14-year old girl, Xiao Li, right, from Xinxiang in China, that looks much older than her age and her mother pictured on the left. Source: AsiaWire/ Australscope
The 14-year old girl, Xiao Li, right, from Xinxiang in China, that looks much older than her age and her mother pictured on the left. Source: AsiaWire/ Australscope

The genetic condition results in faster than usual ageing and puts a huge amount of strain on the cardiovascular system which often results in limited life expectancy with most sufferers dying before their 20s.

Many netizens sent their best wishes to the family and said they hope some form of treatment for her condition can be found soon.

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