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12-Year-Old Maryland Girl Has Not Aged In Years
The Pittsburgh Channel ^ | 5/13/05

Posted on 05/13/2005 10:41:01 AM PDT by LibWhacker

BALTIMORE -- Imagine being frozen in time as a baby forever. It sounds impossible, but it describes Brooke Greenberg.

The Baltimore-area girl may look like a baby, but she's nearly a teenager. In most respects, Brooke looks and acts like your average 6-month-old baby -- she weighs 13 pounds and she is 27 inches long.

Brooke Greenberg, 12, weighs 13 pounds and is 27 inches long.

But Brooke is actually 12 years old, reported WBAL-TV in Baltimore.

Brooke doesn't age. Her syndrome remains undiagnosed and unnamed, and as far as doctors can tell, she is the only one in the world who has it.

Dr. Laurence Pakula has been Brooke's pediatrician since she was born.

"In height, weight, she's 6 to 12 months," Pakula said. "If you ask any physician who knows nothing about her, the response is that she is maybe a handicapped 2-year-old."

Her body may not be aging, but Brooke's health is deteriorating. She is fed through a tube, and she's had strokes, seizures, ulcers, severe respiratory problems and a tumor the size of a lemon.

The four times Brooke has come dangerously close to death, she bounced back and no one knows why.

Pakula points out that the girl has a strong sense of self and of sibling rivalry. Brooke has no language skills, but she does have enough motor skills to pull herself up in her crib or scoot across the kitchen floor.

Pakula said Brooke has thrived because of the support of her parents and three sisters.

"When one sees how much she has accomplished, it's a wonderful reminder that even for someone who's limited, it's a wonderful world out there," Pakula said.

As genetic research expands, scientists might be able to learn the secrets of this little girl. But until then, it is Brooke who is doing the teaching.


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KEYWORDS: ageless; aging; disorders; girl; health; healthcare; justdamn; maryland; syndrome; undiagnosed
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1 posted on 05/13/2005 10:41:02 AM PDT by LibWhacker
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To: LibWhacker

Bump for later. What a pretty little girl.


2 posted on 05/13/2005 10:43:41 AM PDT by TheSpottedOwl (Free Mexico!)
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To: LibWhacker

Loving care for the disabled? Don't let the ACLU or some judge get wind of this-they'll be shrieking for her blood.


3 posted on 05/13/2005 10:44:46 AM PDT by Spok (Being paranoid doesn't mean they're NOT out to get you.)
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To: LibWhacker

Very strange, especially that it supposedly has never been seen before. I often assume medical science knows almost everything these days and that if something can't be cured, it most certainly can at least be identified. I guess there is always a lot to learn.


4 posted on 05/13/2005 10:45:32 AM PDT by mlc9852 (Here we go AGAIN!)
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To: TheSpottedOwl

bump for later...


5 posted on 05/13/2005 10:45:44 AM PDT by SpinnerWebb (Would you like an apple pie with that?)
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To: LibWhacker

6 posted on 05/13/2005 10:46:49 AM PDT by dangus
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To: mlc9852

Sounds like whatever she has (obviously some kind of genetic disorder) causes a lot of other health problems. It is possible that others who have had it have died at a younger age and the condition was diagnosed as something else.


7 posted on 05/13/2005 10:46:53 AM PDT by COEXERJ145 (Just Blame President Bush For Everything, It Is Easier Than Using Your Brain)
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To: LibWhacker
Is she the world's first immortal human? If so that would be the opposite of progeria. Curious and no wonder researchers are trying to divine her secrets. Imagine discovering the Fountain Of Youth where Ponce De Leon failed.

(Denny Crane: "Sometimes you can only look for answers from God and failing that... and Fox News".)
8 posted on 05/13/2005 10:47:07 AM PDT by goldstategop (In Memory Of A Dearly Beloved Friend Who Lives On In My Heart Forever)
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To: LibWhacker
"When one sees how much she has accomplished, it's a wonderful reminder that even for someone who's limited, it's a wonderful world out there," Pakula said.

The same can be said for Terri Shiavo...and would still be said for her if the cultural of death had not snuffed out her life.

9 posted on 05/13/2005 10:47:09 AM PDT by Jeff Head
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To: TheSpottedOwl

Just let someone try to deny this brave girl the right to have food and water....


10 posted on 05/13/2005 10:47:23 AM PDT by smiley
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To: Spok
And don't let the Hollywood elite know either. They will want to dissect her to figure out why she doesn't age...and how they can do the same.
11 posted on 05/13/2005 10:47:25 AM PDT by Gator101
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To: LibWhacker

Wow. This sounds like one of those Weekly World News articles. I never thought such a condition actually existed.


12 posted on 05/13/2005 10:47:38 AM PDT by Extremely Extreme Extremist (Harmful Or Fatal If Swallowed)
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To: LibWhacker
If she could discover what causes this, and bottle it, she will be the world's first zillionare.

At the age of 21, everyone would quaff a bottle of this stuff.

13 posted on 05/13/2005 10:48:19 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: LibWhacker
The parents are lucky DSS hasn't locked them up because the kid isn't "thriving"

Pakula said Brooke has thrived because of the support of her parents and three sisters.

Interesting story, good for the parents!

14 posted on 05/13/2005 10:48:29 AM PDT by ctlpdad (There can be no triumph without loss, no victory without suffering and no freedom without sacrifice!)
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To: LibWhacker
Pakula said Brooke has thrived because of the support of her parents and three sisters.

"When one sees how much she has accomplished, it's a wonderful reminder that even for someone who's limited, it's a wonderful world out there," Pakula said."

What a delightful truth coming from a member of the medical profession. How refreshing!

15 posted on 05/13/2005 10:48:45 AM PDT by The Grim Freeper
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To: goldstategop

I doubt it since she has so many other health problems. It's a sad story but perhaps something can be learned from it.


16 posted on 05/13/2005 10:48:49 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: LibWhacker
Sounds like the opposite of Progeria.
17 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:10 AM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: goldstategop
Is she the world's first immortal human?

Well, if she is destined to age very slowly, imagine the financial portfolio she can build as compound interest works its magic over a 5,000 year period!

18 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:17 AM PDT by xrp (Executing assigned posting duties flawlessly -- ZERO mistakes)
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To: LibWhacker
Would be neat to fully understand this mechanism and be able to trigger it without the negatives at say 25.
19 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:25 AM PDT by fso301
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To: LibWhacker
Fascinating!
20 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:39 AM PDT by raivyn (I love the smell of FUMING LIBERALS in the morning, but I hate the noise. (Don't you?))
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To: goldstategop
Is she the world's first immortal human?

I doubt it. It's more likely that her 'grow up' mechanism failed, but that the normal cellular disruptions that are associated with the ravages of time will continue apace.

21 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:42 AM PDT by Lazamataz (Not Elected Pope Since 4/19/2005.)
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To: LibWhacker

Wow, almost the opposite of that aging syndrome - where children AGE very, very fast and die at about that time from it.


22 posted on 05/13/2005 10:49:53 AM PDT by the OlLine Rebel (Common sense is an uncommon virtue.)
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To: LibWhacker
Weird. No doubt this story will be on Good Morning America next week.
23 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:09 AM PDT by TBall
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To: smiley
Just let someone try to deny this brave girl the right to have food and water....

Sad to say that some would want to starve/thirst her to death....maybe even some here at FR. And then you got the ones that worry about what this is costing....shameful. Anyway, prayers for that little girl and her family. May God give them strength.

24 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:20 AM PDT by yellowdoghunter (Liberals should be seen and not heard.)
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To: goldstategop
"Imagine discovering the Fountain Of Youth where Ponce De Leon failed."

But who would want to live forever, continually having seizures, strokes and tumors? Not me.

25 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:22 AM PDT by MEGoody (Ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.)
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To: goldstategop

I hate when I repeat what someone already said!


26 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:36 AM PDT by steveo (Member: Fathers Against Rude Television)
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To: goldstategop
That's what I was thinking. If there were a way to "freeze" someone at 25-35....

And this does sound like the opposite of progeria. I have never forgotten that 20 year old woman who looked 80. I believe she set the survival record.

That poor kid. And how devastating this must have been for her parents, not least because (unlike progeria, or Downs , or autism, etc) there would be no resources-no support groups-no answers for them. :-(

27 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:55 AM PDT by kaylar
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To: LibWhacker

It's amazing what types of diseases and syndromes there are out there. Not long ago there was a show on about kids that age too fast - they are 7 & 8 years old but look 90 and they usually die by the time they are 13.


28 posted on 05/13/2005 10:50:57 AM PDT by TightyRighty
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To: LibWhacker

Methinks that perhaps this beautiful, remarkable child may hold the secret of perpetual youth in her genetic code. Just a private thought. Perhaps medical scientists ought to be asking more profound questions here.


29 posted on 05/13/2005 10:51:15 AM PDT by ex-Texan (Mathew 7:1 through 6)
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To: Extremely Extreme Extremist
This sounds like one of those Weekly World News articles.

Yeah, I had to double-check the calendar to make sure it wasn't April 1st. God bless her.

30 posted on 05/13/2005 10:51:15 AM PDT by GLDNGUN
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To: LibWhacker
Star Trek. Corbomite Maneuver.


31 posted on 05/13/2005 10:53:29 AM PDT by ClearCase_guy (The fourth estate is a fifth column.)
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To: yellowdoghunter
Sad to say that some would want to starve/thirst her to death....maybe even some here at FR.

Nonsense...

I for one am 'deeply saddened' that every thread about anything medical is now a Terri thread by proxy.

32 posted on 05/13/2005 10:55:25 AM PDT by HairOfTheDog
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"Sounds like the opposite of Progeria."

Congeria?

She's just a little doll, so pretty.

33 posted on 05/13/2005 10:56:28 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: ClearCase_guy

BUMP!


34 posted on 05/13/2005 10:56:42 AM PDT by Publius6961 (The most abundant things in the universe are ignorance, stupidity and hydrogen)
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To: LibWhacker

So she doesn't have a 12 year old mind?


35 posted on 05/13/2005 10:56:54 AM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenence (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: fso301

25? na, the brain isn't fully developed at 25, Maybe at around 45 when a little more wisdom is gained and that socialist Marxism phaze passes.


36 posted on 05/13/2005 10:56:56 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: mlc9852

>>I guess there is always a lot to learn.<<

That's the understatement of the year. And don't dare say it on a Crevo thread! 8^>


37 posted on 05/13/2005 10:58:10 AM PDT by RobRoy (Child support and maintenence (alimony) are what we used to call indentured slavery)
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To: RobRoy

Please don't bring up the crevo/evo threads! I still have a headache from yesterday's posts!


38 posted on 05/13/2005 10:59:45 AM PDT by mlc9852
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To: HairOfTheDog

Agreed.


39 posted on 05/13/2005 11:00:48 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: HairOfTheDog
"I for one am 'deeply saddened' that every thread about anything medical is now a Terri thread by proxy."

Someone had to say it, thank you.

40 posted on 05/13/2005 11:00:57 AM PDT by spectre (Spectre's wife)
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To: COEXERJ145


Bingo.

There's no way this has never happened before.


41 posted on 05/13/2005 11:02:28 AM PDT by Josh in PA
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To: LibWhacker

That is too strange.


42 posted on 05/13/2005 11:02:46 AM PDT by Blood of Tyrants (G-d is not a Republican. But Satan is definitely a Democrat.)
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To: fso301

25 for males... 17 for females... lol


43 posted on 05/13/2005 11:02:56 AM PDT by Last_-Rites-
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To: mlc9852

We can always go find a nice breastfeeding-in-public thread . . . that's bound to help your headache!


44 posted on 05/13/2005 11:03:21 AM PDT by Xenalyte (I am at Dr. Venture's lab to right that which is wrong and to repair the torn curtain of time itself)
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To: LibWhacker

I had a cousin with whatever disease this is. He was 12 or something when he died but looked and acted like a slow 2 year old. It was quite sad although he was a good kid.

RIP


45 posted on 05/13/2005 11:03:33 AM PDT by t_skoz ("let me be who I am - let me kick out the jams!")
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To: LibWhacker

I hope this little girl never finds herself in the jurisdiction of George Greer.


46 posted on 05/13/2005 11:04:25 AM PDT by Petronski (Pope Benedict XVI: A German Shepherd on the Throne of Peter)
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To: LibWhacker
Brooke doesn't age. Her syndrome remains undiagnosed and unnamed, and as far as doctors can tell, she is the only one in the world who has it.

Perhaps she is but one of the 4400!

47 posted on 05/13/2005 11:04:57 AM PDT by infocats
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Imagine discovering the Fountain Of Youth where Ponce De Leon failed.

The fountain of youth definitely exists in this girl, now the challenge will be to harness it without the side effects she's unfortunately experiencing.

48 posted on 05/13/2005 11:05:30 AM PDT by Reaganwuzthebest
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To: t_skoz

They had those "old kids" on Opra some time ago. They had the exact opposite problems, they were 8- 12 years old but aged and looked like 50-70 year old dwarfs.


49 posted on 05/13/2005 11:06:06 AM PDT by Nathan Zachary
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To: HairOfTheDog

Has anyone brought up abortion yet?

(seems to be on the list of auto-responses ;) )


50 posted on 05/13/2005 11:06:54 AM PDT by najida (OK, so, ya see, uh huh.....I have this stress problem....maybe it's living without running water.)
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