Brooke Greenberg: 17-Year-Old Toddler!

May 15, 2010

When I first read the headlines about Brooke Greenberg, I figured it was some prank story. But this almost legal adult has the body and mind of a one year old! Read all about her Syndrome X below, including a great video.

She has been studied her whole life, and doesn’t fit into any category yet, and doctors are baffled. They are definitely intrigued though, as they think she may help research on ageing and the secrets in her DNA could possibly help with elderly diseases.

She has obviously seen her share of hospitals and medical professionals, but still for many Brooke Greenberg’s condition is mind boggling.

“Many of the best-known names in medicine, in their experience … had not seen anyone who matched up to Brooke,” pediatrician Lawrence Pakula said. “She is always a surprise.”

She weighs about 16 lbs, is 30 inches long and mentally is between 9 months to a one year old baby. Doctors say her bones are at about age 10 and she can comprehend talking, but cannot speak.

“There’ve been very minimal changes in Brooke’s brain,” Dr. Richard Walker, of the University of South Florida College of Medicine said. “Various parts of her body, rather than all being at the same stage, seem to be disconnected.”

Her and her family, including three other sisters, seem to get along just fine and like their little girl the way she is. Doctors want to hopefully study her genetic makeup to see if they can unlock and medical marvels that will help in discovering cures and such. Walker continues,

“We think that she has a mutation in the genes that control her ageing and development so that she appears to have been frozen in time. If we can compare her genome to the normal version then we might be able to find those genes and see exactly what they do and how to control them.”

It is very interesting prospects from a very unique individual. So tell me what you think of Brook Greenberg’s situation and the possibilities it may bring. Also don’t miss this video below.

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