Progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome (HGPS) is an extremely rare genetic disorder where symptoms resembling aspects of aging are displayed at a very early age (Progeria 101). A genetic disease is an illness caused by one or more abnormalities in the genome, especially a condition that is congenital (present from birth). Genetic diseases are rare and may or may not be heritable. There are thousands of extremely rare genetic diseases, one being Progeria. Progeria affects its victims and their families more than physically; it takes a toll on the mental and emotional state of mind.
Progeria has many symptoms. Some of these are visible; however, some are less distinctive. Children with Progeria have normal…show more content… Obviously, there's some process that's accelerated" (The Connection). In children with Progeria, fatty deposits of substances, also known as plaque, build up in the inner lining of the artery. This plaque can grow so significantly that the blood flow through the artery is reduced. If the blockage occurs to an artery that leads into the heart, it causes a heart attack. If the blockage occurs to an artery that leads into the brain, it causes a stroke. This is how children with Progeria eventually lose to the disease (The Connection).
Progeria takes more than a physical toll; however: the emotional impact for a child living with a rare and fatal disease can be terribly difficult and traumatic. Since children with Progeria have normal intelligence, most of them go to school like every other child. However, there can be a downside because these children have a far greater risk of being bullied. Additionally, these children are compelled to do physical activities somewhat differently. Since they are so petite and have fragile bones, it is hard for them to get involved in any sport. They also get tired very easily so they need to take constant breaks from strenuous activities. Even walking a short distance can cause harm to the body. Children with Progeria need to make sure to stay well-hydrated and have regular, minor physical activity (Diseases) that does not put them at risk for bone or cardiovascular injury. The emotional backlash