Anna Sakidon, a girl from Ukraine, died at the age of eight. Although she was only eight years old, she was biologically 80-year-old
Anna suffered from an extremely rare type of progeria, a type of genetic disease characterized by premature aging. Only 160 people in the world suffer from this condition.
Anna celebrated her eighth birthday in January 2020.
According to Ukrainian media, Anna has passed away because several internal organs have failed her, a consequence of premature aging.
Her mother Ivana says she was willing to sacrifice just about anything to help her daughter get better somehow.
My only dream was that the diagnosis the doctors had given her was wrong, and she would grow into a healthy girl. Unfortunately, that never came true – says Ivana.
Dr. Nadezhda Kataman, whom Anna visited since birth, states the following: In January, Anna turned eight. Usually, children with progeria do not reach the age of ten, which is the equivalent of the eighties.
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Her bones were growing extremely slowly, while her organs were aging rapidly.
Patients with progeria usually die as a result of the stroke, which also happened to Anna, who had several strokes and eventually her limbs remained paralyzed – says Dr. Nadezhda.
By the time Anna was born, her mother did not know that she would give birth to a child with this rare disease.
When Ivana was told that, she became depressed. Then, optimism ensued when Anna was 10 months old, and at 11 months she walked everywhere following her mother.
However, Ivana says, she was scared of the lights, so she only left the house at night.
At three years old, Ivana recalls, she hugged and kissed her favorite teddy bear, but she never liked kissing people, including her mother.
Research shows that this type of disease occurs once in 20 million cases, and currently, 160 cases are known worldwide.