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Sad: 18-year old girl trapped in an old woman’s body dies a few days after getting her wish granted by South African president (Photos)

April 12, 2017 at 09:53
Sad: 18-year old girl trapped in an old woman's body dies a few days after getting her wish granted by South African president (Photos)

The world is mourning the sudden death of Ontlametse Phalatse, the first known black female born with Progeria – is a rare genetic condition that causes a child’s body to age fast.

Phalatse outlived doctors’ expectations, doctors had predicted that she would not live beyond the age of 14 but she died aged 18.

Ontlametse Phalatse

The deceased’s 18th birthday was very special, she wanted to meet South African president Jacob Zuma before she celebrated her 18th birthday.

Phalatse celebrated her birthday on 25 March. Two days before that she fulfilled her dream of meeting President Zuma before turning 18.

Ontlametse Phalatse with President Jacob Zuma

The South African president threw Phalatse a birthday party at his residence in Pretoria when they finally met for the first time.

Phalatse passed on three weeks after meeting Zuma, news about her death was announced on her Facebook page on Wednesday April 11th.

“It is with great sadness to inform you of the passing of our first lady, Ontlametse Ntlami Phalatse. She experienced breathing difficulties yesterday and was rushed to Hebron Clinic, then was referred to Dr George Mkhari. The doctors did everything possible to save her but unfortunately she passed on. She was surrounded by her mother, brother, family members and friends.

“The Phalatse family and Ontlametse Phalatse Trust would like to thank the nurses at Hebron Clinic and the Staff at Dr George Mkhari for their compassion and their effort in trying to save her.

“Our hearts are filled with pain and sadness but Ontlametse as we know her would want us to carry on with her courageous spirit. We will miss you sorely, Tsontso, our first lady. May you find eternal peace among the angels. Rest in Peace Ntlami,” read the statement.

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