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Hayley Okines, a teen trapped in a 104-year-old’s body, dies during 17


Harry Crowther and Hayley Okines, right, in England. Okines was 13 during a time of this photo. (Neil Turner/Barcroft Media/Getty Images file)

A 17-year-old who suffered from a singular genetic condition that left her with a physique of an aged lady has died.

Hayley Okines had progeria, that meant that as a child, her physique aged during a fast rate – 8 times faster than a normal person. She was famous as Britain’s 100-year-old teenager.

The Telegraph reported that Okines, who had sought diagnosis in a United States, had “the physique of a 104-year-old.” According to a BBC, Okines had been hospitalized recently, though had left home before her death.

The BBC remarkable that her mother, Kerry, announced Okines’s genocide on Thursday night, writing: “My baby has left somewhere better. She took her final exhale in my arms during 9.39pm.”

“The whole Progeria family mourns together with many as we contend goodbye to Hayley Okines, a smart, pleasing and energetic English Rose, who upheld divided currently during age 17,” a Progeria Research Foundation posted on Facebook. “‘Gone from a sight, though never a memories, left from a hold though never a hearts…’ We will skip you.”

Okines had expelled dual books about her life with a condition, “Old Before My Time” and “Young during Heart,” and she had discussed progeria in interviews.

“I don’t feel like I’m 96,” she pronounced several years ago. “Everyone says I’m like all my friends and stuff. [They say] ‘How aged are you, really?’ I’m like, I’m 12.”

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She was also a underline of mixed documentaries, including “The Child Who’s Older Than Her Mother.”

The courtesy brought Okines some magnitude of fame, her mom once said, according to a Mirror.

“We motionless that if she wasn’t going to live long, during slightest we would make her life special and container it with smashing memories. So she’s been swimming with dolphins, trafficked all over a world, met Prince Charles, Kylie Minogue and Justin Bieber … She’s mostly now tangible and has mini-celebrity status.”

Three years ago, Okines also met a Wanted, a British child rope that has given left on hiatus. On Friday, one of a group’s members, Nathan Sykes, paid reverence to Okines.

Okines upheld divided a small over a year after a genocide of American teen Sam Berns, theme of a HBO documentary “Life According to Sam.”

Berns also suffered from progeria, and both the New England Patriots and the Boston Bruins paid reverence to Berns after his Jan 2014 death.

Okines “had been told she would not live past a age of 13,” according to a BBC.

But she blew past that prognosis. As a materials concomitant her second memoir, 2014′s “Young during Heart,” noted:

“As she approaches her 17th birthday, 4 years over a normal life expectancy, Hayley looks brazen to an eccentric and healthy destiny and tries tough not to consider of what lies ahead.”


Hayley Okines and her mother, Kerry. (Progeria Research Foundation around AP)

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[This post has been updated.]

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