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The 11-year-old who looks like a pensioner: Boy is left wrinkled and bald by rare condition that is ageing his body EIGHT times faster than normal

An 11-year-old Indian boy looks like a pensioner because of a rare genetic condition that is causing his body to age eight times faster than normal.

Shreyash Barmate, who lives in Madhya Pradesh, has wrinkles and is bald because of progeria – which affects less than 150 children in the world.

The incurable condition, which often restricts children from having a normal life, also means he has much weaker limbs than his peers.

Progeria is said to have inspired the F Scott Fitzgerald novel and Brad Pitt movie The Curious Case of Benjamin Button, in which the character is born an old man and ages backwards.

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