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The boy with the body of a 110-year-old
The boy with the body of a 110-year-old

He's the 14-year-old boy with the body of a 110-year-old man.

Ali Hussain has a rare disease which makes him age eight times faster than normal.

Five of his siblings have died from the same condition, Progeria, in their Indian village of Bihar.

Those suffering Progeria are not expected to live much beyond the age of 14.

"I very much want to live and I hope there is medicine for my condition out there. I’m not scared of death but my parents have suffered a lot," Ali said.

"I’d love to live much longer for them. I don’t want to burden them with any more pain."

Britain's Daily Mail newspaper reports that Ali’s parents Nabi Hussain Khan, 50, and Razia, 46, are first cousins and were the product of an arranged marriage 32 years ago.

Their children Rehana, Iqramul, Gudiya and Rubina have all died from Progeria between the ages of 12 and 24.

A fifth child, a boy who died shortly after being born, is also thought to have had the rare condition.

The couple also has two healthy daughters.

Doctors were baffled when the family went to them with their sick children.

It was not until 1995 that doctors diagnosed the condition and delivered the news that it was incurable.

"The diagnosis didn’t help," Nabi told The Daily Mail. "People were sure there was a cure. No one in our community believed there was nothing that could be done.

"Neighbours and extended family tormented us for not getting them help, they couldn’t understand a disease with no cure."

Ali said: "I would love to be a normal person who can play, go to school, do some sports, take some risks. Sometimes I get depressed but most of the time I make the most of the life I have."

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