Saturday, July 3, 2010
Rare Condition of Lizzie Velasquez
Lizzie Velasquez is 21 years old and lives in Austin, Texas. She suffers from a rare condition that prevents her from gaining weight, even thought she eats up to 60 small meals and consumes between 5,000 and 8,000 calories daily.
She was born premature at 2 lbs. 10oz and remained tiny as a child. She has a syndrome that prevents her body from gaining weight and putting on body fat. She is blind in one eye and weights just 60 lbs.
Doctors do not have a name for her condition as it is extremely rare. She is part of a genetic study being conducted at the University of Texas and the closest doctors can come to a diagnosis is that she might have a form of Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome that causes accelerated aging, fat loss from the face and body, and tissue degeneration.
Lizzie hasn't let a lack of a diagnosis affect her life. She just wrote a book and wants to share her story with others. She has her own website here. What an inspiring young woman!
Posted by Toni Brayer, MD at 11:39 AM