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Ontlametse Phalatse, South Africa

The elfin child with the big personality and bright smile calls herself ‘the first lady’ and dreams of the future. But doctors say 12-year-old Ontlametse Phalatse has only another couple of years to say her goodbyes. But Ontlametse broke the set record, making it all the way to 17.

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Ontlametse Phalatse, Popular Photo’s on Instagram

Ontlametse is the first black child has been diagnosed with progeria disease, a rare and fatal genetic condition that accelerates the aging process, the Progeria Research Foundation said.

Ontlametse goes to school along with all the other kids her age. She’s a bright pupil, but has been scorned by classmates, teachers and others who think her small, skinny figure means she has AIDS.

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“Baby girl was born looking normal but her mother realized early on that something was wrong. The baby suffered constant rashes and by the time she was 3 months old Phalatse thought she had a skin disease.” Said Bellon Phalatse, Ontlametse’s mother.

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