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Wednesday, 12 April 2017

South African girl who suffered from rare genetic disorder which causes premature aging has died

18-year-old South African, Ontlametse Phalatse, who suffered from Progeria, a rare genetic disorder which causes rapid premature aging, has passed away.

LIB first brought you her story after she attended her school matric few days after her 17th birthday. Read here: Here

The small girl with big personality passed away on Tuesday night at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, outside Pretoria. 
She was one of two South African girls living with Progeria. Her doctors predicted that she would only survive until her 14th birthday.

Last month, President Jacob Zuma fulfilled her wish to meet him. The Phalatse family has released a statement, saying Ontlametse was surrounded by her mother, brother, family members and friends.
"It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of our first lady, Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse," read the statement. Our hearts are filled with pain and sadness but Ontlametse -- as we know her -- would want us to carry on with her courageous spirit."
Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, commonly known as progeria, is an extremely rare condition wher a child ages eight times faster than normal and hence has a much shorter life span than children their age. Such children usually die from a heart attack or stroke.


Victor Kachi said...

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Ayodeji Babalola said...

felt those tears in my eyes reading this cause I still remember she just had her birthday and was with the president...may her soul rest in peace

Oghenetega said...

May her gentle soul rest in Peace..
I saw the Video where she Marked her Birthday with Zuma and she was Full of Life with so much Joy than ppl that are normal self.
This is very Sad..
Her Voice could melt a Heart..
God knows Best.
Rest on Beautiful Soul.

RareSpecie Z said...

RIP sweet luv.

samuel Ezebuchi said...

Chai! RIP to her!

CHERYL (aka FROM GLORY to GLORY) said...

Sad. RIP Angel

Long live LIB

Tayo Osinubi said...

so sad. RIP.

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Alloy Chikezie said...

May her soul rest in peace.

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Bonita Bislam said...

Oh lord! She's at rest now. Goodnight lil one

fekem said...

Can't believe this! a cheerful lady! Rip dr

MUFC said...

Ehyaa... May she rest in peace

Anonymous said...

May her soul rest in peace in JESUS name

d Gov'nor said...

May her soul rest in peace

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May her soul rest in peace.

. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

Esther Norah said...

Poor lil gurl and I follow her on IG, so vibrant and full of life. RIP dear, period

Easy said...

God pls accepts her soul into ur kingdom #Amen

Anonymous said...

When a person's aspiration is met, life becomes a burden and living strenuous.
Good night 'first lady'. You came, you saw, you fought, you conquered. Farewell dear!

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