By: Maddie, Troy, Lorne, and Alex
Sam Berns was a Progeria patient wanting to change the world. He didn't want anyone showing pity towards him because he only wanted to look at the bright side of things and never let the syndrome get in the way of what he loved doing. (Sam Berns to the right)
Life Expectancy and Treatment
- A daily does of aspirin can prevent heart attacks and strokes
- The doctor can prescribe medication to the patient depending on his or her condition
- physical and occupational treatment may help with joint stiffness and hip problems and keep the patient active.
- Their is no cure for progeria but researchers are still trying to find a cure
6 facts about Progeria
- Kids with the syndrome have a life expectancy of about 13 years
- The drug Lonafarnib can sometimes help a kid with progeria live longer
- Close to 250 children worldwide are living with progeria at any given time
- Progeria is a very fatal genetic disease that causes rapid aging, 7 times faster than normal aging
- As a newborn the kid appears normal, but within a year their growth rate slows down and they get shorter and weigh a lot less than others their age
- Children with Progeria are affected by baldness, aged looking skin, a small face, etc. also softer symptoms seen in older people like stiffness at joints , hip dislocation and severe, progressive cardiovascular disease.