A teenager from the county of West Sussex, England, died last Saturday (17), after a lifetime battling a rare disease that made her age prematurely.
Ashanti Smith was 18 years old, but his body was similar to that of an elderly person, appearing to be over 100 years old. The reason behind the situation was the unusual illness from which he suffered, the Hutchinson-Gilford Syndrome, also known as progeria.
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The disorder meant that the English woman aged the equivalent of 8 years each year she lived, and still had to deal with arthritis, osteoporosis, heart failure, weight loss and hair loss.
“Ashanti’s life was a joy. Even though the progeria affected his mobility, it didn’t affect anything else. Everyone loved and adored that girl. She touched their hearts a lot with her willpower,” reported the teenager’s grieving mother, Phoebe Louise Smith, on her social networks, as reported by the Daily Mail.
The 18-year-old girl died “of old age” inside her home. She had just returned from a walk in the park, where she began to feel unwell, her situation rapidly deteriorating, with no time to get to the hospital. As her mother recounted, Ashanti’s last words were: “Mother, I love you. You have to let me go.”
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