Girl with Benjamin-Button sydrome passes away

Phalatse was one of two ladies suffering from the birth condition in South Africa.

Ontlametse Phalatse

Sadly, she did not last much longer.

Phalatse died at the Dr. George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, South Africa on Wednesday, April 12.

She was one of two ladies suffering from the birth condition in South Africa.

Progeria which is a rare genetic condition that causes the body to age at a rapid rate has left Phalatse looking a hundred years old.

She was diagnosed with the condition back in 2009 with doctors saying that she would not live beyond age 13.

Phalatse not only lived a longer life but a full life considering her bubbly disposition in the face of a very hard life.

She marked her 18th birthday with a meeting with South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday, March 25, 2017.

During her meet with President Zuma, she joked: “I call myself a first lady because I’m the first black child with this disease. Which other black child do you know with this disease?”

She was well known for her daring bubbly and infectious nature.

May her soul rest in perfect peace.

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