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Child Frozen in Time

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Brooke Greenberg was born in America on  August 1 1993  to Jewish parents Melanie and Howard Greenberg one month before her due date. She is about 30 inches and 76 cm tall, weighs about 16 pounds 7.3 kg , and has an estimated mental age of nine months to one year.Between the ages of four and five she stopped growing. Her condition  is determined by « Syndrome X ». Brooke Greenberg may look like an infant, but she is actually 20 years old.

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Over the past several years, the Greenberg’s visited many specialists, looking for an explanation for their daughter’s strange condition, yet there has been no diagnosis of any known genetic syndrome or chromosomal abnormality.

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Supportive family: Brooke (pictured far right, age 20) Brooke, who has stayed the same size for 15 years, requires 24-hour care from her parents.

 

In 2001, when  Deteline  documented Brooke, she was still the size of a six-month-old infant, weighing just 13 lb (5.9 kg) at 27 inches (69 cm) tall. The family still had no explanation.

When geneticits sequenced Greenberg’s DNA , they found that the genes  associated with the premature aging diseases  were normal, unlike the mutated  versions in patients with Werner syndrome and progeria .

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In 2009, Walker said: « There’ve been very minimal changes in Brooke’s brain Walker PhD in endocrine physiology of the University of south Floriada Collage of Medicine  said  that Greenberg’s brain, for example, is not much more mature than that of a newborn infant.

Brooke can make gestures and recognize sounds, but cannot speak. Her bones are like those of a ten-year-old, and she still has her baby teeth , which have an estimated developmental age of about eight years.

 

 

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This is Brooke little sister Carly, this is how the sister grew through the years .

 

There are two more people with similar development issues : Gabrielle Williams born in 2004 and Nicky Freeman born in 1970 a forty year old man who looks like a boy.

 

Brooke s Mother once said that she loves Brooke the way she is and that she is not ashamed of Brooke’s condition .

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