Parents only want the best for their children yet there are many things that are completely beyond our control. Sometimes, although we would gladly give our lives so our children will live wonderful, completely perfect lives, a lot of things just happen and all we could do is hope for the best.
Such is the case of Hayley Leanne Okines, a girl who aged so fast that by the time she was in preschool, she was older than her mother! Although that is, technically, not possible, Hayley is suffering from a rare premature aging disorder called progeria which makes her body age eight times faster than normal.
So, while kids her age are fast and active, Hayley lags far behind because even at 3 years old, she was already suffering from joint pains and various aches. Still, Hayley is a strong girl who did not let her condition affect her life.
She lived a long and meaningful life, reaching the age of 17 – but her body was already 104 years old at the time! Even after her death, Hayley became one of the most prominent faces of progeria, introducing the world to this rare and almost unbelievable medical condition…
Watch Hayley in her cute preschool years in this video: