1)The 26-year-old woman who learned to love her wrinkles
Sara Geurts thinks her wrinkles are “the most beautiful thing ever.” The 26-year-old model was just 10 when she was diagnosed with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Ehlers-Danlos is a connective tissue disorder which affects the body’s ability to produce collagen. Geurts has a rare form of the disease called dermatosparaxis which causes her skin to wrinkle prematurely.
Geurts claims it wasn’t until she was in her early 20s that she came to love her body and embrace her wrinkles. Now, she hopes that through modeling she can become the face of Ehlers-Danlos and show other people who have the condition that they’re beautiful just as they are
2)The young Vietnamese woman who mysteriously aged overnight
These pictures may look like an attractive woman in her 20s and her grandmother. But they are said to be the same person – apparently taken just days apart. The young Vietnamese woman at the center of the improbable medical case, Nguyen Thi Phuong, claims the transformation may have come about because of an extreme allergy to seafood.
Nguyen, 26, says she developed this puffy face and sagging skin in 2008 but was too poor to seek treatment. Nguyen’s husband, carpenter Thanh Tuyen, insists the story is true and his love has not faded for his once-beautiful wife.
Nguyen has always worn wear a mask in public to hide her appearance from prying eyes, but she has now sought help from doctors to see if they can reverse the aging effect.
3)The first black girl diagnosed with progeria
Ontlametse Phalatse died in 2017 soon after celebrating her 18th birthday. In 2009, doctors diagnosed Phalatse with progeria, the rare genetic condition that accelerates the body’s aging process, and estimated that she would not live beyond the age of 13. However, Ontlametse defied all expectations and celebrated her 18th birthday with South African President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria before passing away two months later.