REAL-LIFE BENJAMIN BUTTON: Four-year Old Boy Looks Like An Old Man


Many children is scared of this boy who is a real-life Benjamin Button.

Bayezid Hossain has a premature aging condition progeria that ages the body eight-time the normal rate.

This condition causes his skin to hang loosely in folds and he can't go to school because other children are scared of him.

Bayezid also suffers from swollen face, hollow eyes, sagging skin, aching joints, difficulties on passing urine and weak and broken teeth.

People in the community don't come at him although he has above average intelligence.

This disorder is the inspiration of F Scott Fitzgerald novel The Curious Case of Benjamin Button.

Progeria patients normally die from heart attacks or strokes at age of 13.

His 18-year-old mother Tripti Khatun is so sorry for the condition of his son but she was very amazed with his cleverness.

Khatun said: ‘Bayezid only learned to walk aged three but he had a full set of teeth at three months old. His physical growth is completely abnormal but mentally, he has wonderful conversation, very aware and is very intuitive for his age. He does not look like other children. He looks like an old man. As a first time mother I can’t bear the pain of seeing my child like this.’

Khatun said that he was terrified after she gave birth of her son because he was just flesh and bones and he looks like an alien but doctors do not know what to do.

As time has passed his neighbors have slowly gotten used to his presence and have now fondly tagged him the ‘old man’.
Bayezid doesn’t go to school but he loves to play with his ball, drawing on paper, and even breaking his toys so he can fix them back up again.

Doctor Debashis Bishwas of Magura Central Hospital said that Bayezid will not last to 15 years old.

Dr Bishwas said: ‘His signs suggest he is suffering from a very difficult disease. The skin of a Progeria patient start getting loosened like an elderly person months after birth. We can only advise the family to get specialized care in a hospital like Dhaka Medical College Hospital or Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University in Dhaka, as there’s no treatment here.’

'He understands his condition but he doesn’t like to talk about it. He just cries when he feels awkward,' Khatun said.

Progeria is also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS).

Although Bayezid know what will happen to him in the future, he still carry himself gallantly to others people. He just feel awkward talking about it.

There is a research institution that foucs in this disease.

"Isolating the Progeria gene is a major achievement for the medical research community," said Dr. Collins, "The discovery not only gives hope to children and families affected by Progeria, but also may shed light on the phenomenon of aging and cardiovascular disease."

We hope that this rare disease can have a medical breakthrough on the nearest future.




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Many children is scared of this boy who is a real-life Benjamin Button.
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