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Posted 8/13/09 , edited 8/13/09
Old news, but I thought it was interesting and couldn't find a thread about it.

Melanie Greenberg is the mother of 16-year-old Brooke Greenberg. Brooke weighs about 16 pounds and is only 30 inches long.

Brooke's pediatrician from Johns Hopkins School of Medicine, Dr. Lawrence Pakula, said "Many of the best-known names in medicine...had not seen anyone who matched up to Brooke,...she is a surprise." According to Dr. Richard Walker of the University of South Florida College of Medicine, Tampa Bay:


Brooke's body is not developing as a coordinated unit, but as independent parts that are out of sync.


We might think that Brooke has a diagnosis of a rare genetic or chromosomal abnormality, but she does not. It's just a mystery. She still has her baby teeth...at 16. Her bones are estimated to be about the same as a 10-year-old's, but there have been "minimal changes in her brains." She does not speak but she expresses herself using typical infant sounds. She laughs and recognizes her sisters, all of whom are healthy and normal in size. They say that Brook has the personality of a 16-year-old, especially when she is angry: "Sometimes we joke about how she rebels," say one of her sisters.

The little girl seems to have some amazing powers to heal. She has gone through many adversities and come through them all...most leaving no sign that Brooke was ever afflicted. She was diagnosed with a brain tumor. She slept for 14 days and then awakened with no sign of the tumor. She had a brain seizure and what the doctors thought was a stroke, but she recovered with no damage.

You can read more here.

I think this is interesting. I'm kind of torn between it being really sad or really amazing. I mean, the family suggested the theory that she might be useful to research about aging. What could her problem mean, or does it mean anything at all?

What do you think?
Posted 8/13/09
so basically she stayed as a baby through out her life, but still has some growth as a sixteen. thats cool and strange how she can heal and stuff
Posted 8/13/09
wow.. that's pretty interesting...
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Wow. She like a year younger than I am.
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Posted 8/13/09
wow, interesting =)
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Posted 8/13/09
awkward... no offense to her image but she looks cracked up :O
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Ew, what the fuck.

That's disgusting. Useless existence.
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That's kinda weird.
Posted 8/13/09
Very weird. But quite interesting
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It's weird, but interesting. I feel sorry for her though. She'll never really be able to experience life.
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thats...well i can't say it isn't interesting in a weird way....well i could but i'd be lying..
Posted 8/13/09
She's like mini-Wolverine. =D
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I just saw a special on TLC about this a couple days ago. Very interesting...
Posted 8/13/09
strange, but thankfully she's able to heal through all that stuff ;D
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ETERNAL YOUTH! I Want one, for myself!!!!
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