Published:  12:00 AM, 31 July 2016

Four-year-old boy looks like old man

Four-year-old boy looks like old man His mother Tripti is heartbroken at her son's unusual appearance. She said: 'He does not look like other children. He looks like an old man. As a first time mother I can't bear the pain of seeing my child like this' -Collected

A four-year-old boy resembles an 80-year-old pensioner due to an incredibly rare condition.  Bayezid Hossain, from outside Magura, southern part of the country, suffers a swollen face, hollow eyes, sagging skin, aching joints and difficulties passing urine and already has weak and broken teeth. People in the community stay away from him and children are afraid to play with him, despite him having above average intelligence. Bayezid was born at a government maternity hospital in 2012. His appearance baffled doctors, who didn't know how to treat him. Bayezid is believed to suffer from progeria, which ages the body at eight times the normal rate.  The disorder 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.

Progeria patients normally die from heart attacks or strokes at an average age of 13. Bayezid also has a form of cutis laxa, a rare connective tissue disorder in which the skin hangs loosely in folds. His 18-year-old mother, Tripti Khatun, says she is amazed at how clever her son is, but it breaks her heart that his appearance is so unusual. Tripti said: "I was terrified to see him when he was born. He was just flesh and bones. He looked like an alien and it was heartbreaking for me.

"Doctors had no idea what to do; they said they had never seen such a baby. They warned us that there was nothing they could do." She said: 'Bayezid only learned to walk aged three but he had a full set of teeth at three months old. 'His physical growth is completely abnormal but mentally, he has wonderful conversation, very aware and is very intuitive for his age.  While his intelligence levels are much higher than normal, other children are afraid to play with him due to his remarkable appearance.

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