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06/25/2009 05:09 AM ID: 79319 Permalink   

Girl, 16, Still Looks 6 Months Old; Baffles Doctors


16-year-old Brooke Greenberg has fascinated scientists with her inability to age past toddlerhood, possibly holding secrets to the process of aging. At only 30 inches and 16 pounds, she can't speak, wears diapers, and still has her baby teeth.

She's aged in some respects, such as her skeletal system, which is aged over 10 years. "There've been very minimal changes in Brooke's brain. Various parts of her body, rather than all being at the same stage, seem to be disconnected," said a doctor.

Many medical emergencies plagued her before turning 6 but would often simply go away without any explanation, such as a stroke, brain seizure, and a brain tumor that made her sleep 14 days. A small esophagus also requires the use of a feeding tube.

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  Amazing Story  
  by: TaraB     06/25/2009 05:45 AM     
  2 more years...  
...she'll be legal
  by: ru18yet   06/25/2009 07:55 AM     
You're should be ashamed
  by: blackshroud   06/25/2009 08:13 AM     
new excuse for pedos?
  by: groomsy     06/25/2009 08:48 AM     

  by: Dekar   06/25/2009 09:45 AM     
Wow... Disconecting your brain from your skeletal system... That even possible?
  by: Dolphin Commando   06/25/2009 11:38 AM     
ROFL - You know there're special levels of hell reserved for evil people like you!!! :P

Cya there!
  by: SpaceChimp     06/25/2009 12:16 PM     
  Spare a thought for the child's parents...  
Having an abnormal child is a nightmare without end for the parents. The hell they have to go through with every setback the kid has - and she has apparently had plenty of them.
  by: Jayman2000BC   06/25/2009 01:12 PM     
The voice of compassion.

Yes you're absolutely right. It's a facinating condition but we have to look at the practical aspect. From what I understand, the Parents have been looking after a 6 month old baby for the last 16 years. That can't be easy :-/
  by: SpaceChimp     06/25/2009 03:13 PM     
  oh my  
Her mother must be in heaven. a baby forever!
  by: Trevelyan   06/25/2009 03:29 PM     
Trevelyan - obviously you've never had kids... I'd kill myself if I had to change diapers for 16 years!
  by: jayinmarysvilleoh   06/25/2009 04:51 PM     
  Benjamin Button, anyone?  
And here I thought the movie was purely fiction!?
  by: bkraul   06/25/2009 05:13 PM     
wow wow wow ru19yet
  by: JayWar   06/25/2009 06:25 PM     
  drivers license?  
i wonder if she got a car for her sweet 16 b-day party
  by: make u all laugh   06/25/2009 07:03 PM     
  Can they do the same puppies and kittens?  
That would be the best! I would make millions selling my perma-puppies and perma-kittens!!!

On a serious note, what sort of mental level is she? Does she still act like a 6 month old?
  by: slavefortheman     06/25/2009 07:11 PM     
She does
  by: caution2     06/25/2009 08:19 PM     
You beat me to it. She is going to be a pedophiles holy grail if she does porn when she turns 18.
  by: ronny_cordova   06/25/2009 11:53 PM     
  I just can't...  
imagine this at all!

It must be terrifying for her parents.

Pass, one the idiotic comments made!
No comment.
  by: captainJane     06/26/2009 12:14 AM     
  I meant...  
Pass on the idiotic comments! :)
  by: captainJane     06/26/2009 12:15 AM     
  Wow the comments are horrible...  
...but I can't stop laughing. See yall in hell!
  by: DoubleTake   06/26/2009 08:09 AM     
  by: thorsblood   06/26/2009 10:23 AM     
  She ages like anyone else  
what she doesn't ever do is develop. But one day she'll be a gray haired, wrinkled "toddler" and she won't live longer than any one else.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   06/26/2009 10:36 AM     
  @HW Huthchins  
How do you know that?

They say that her bones resemble those of a 10-year-old, she looks like a toddler and still has baby teeth - how can you possibly say that she will get wrinkles and grey hair then die at the same kind of age as the rest of us? Seriously, you have no way of knowing what will happen to her as she gets older.
  by: TabbyCool     06/26/2009 04:18 PM     
  Oops, typo, sorry Hutchins  
got your name wrong there!

*sits patiently waiting for an edit button to appear on SN*
  by: TabbyCool     06/26/2009 04:19 PM     
@Tabby: Nah the comments in this site are too based around people's well or poorly thought banter to ever allow people to take a mulligan on something stupid said ; )

I'm not saying Hutchins is for sure correct, but I would agree with him. The child may not be "aging" in the aspect that causes people to mature, however, it's unlikely that she is immune to the chromosomal break down and average wear and tear that destroys our bodies slowly over time.

But that's just what I can guess basing off what I read.
  by: Pyronius     06/26/2009 06:34 PM     
I don't think anyone knows for sure how her telomeres behave, it would be an interesting thing to research. Is she also as vulnerable to the normal cumulative mutations throughout her life as everyone else is?
  by: caution2     06/26/2009 11:36 PM     
I don't think I have ever laughed at a single comment this much here in shortnews in like 4 years.... thanks mate.
  by: fordrew11   06/27/2009 06:08 AM     
  think about it  
if she grows old and gets gray hair and wrinkles the brain may not develop right and her sentences could be backwards she would be a real life yoda.
  by: vewdew   06/28/2009 06:39 AM     
That's assuming she ever learns to talk - she is still only capable of making baby sounds.
  by: TabbyCool     06/29/2009 02:16 PM     
What a cop out. Disprove aging in any organism and it is you who will be in the news.
  by: H. W. Hutchins   07/01/2009 08:22 PM     
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