The average lifespan for Progeria patients is about 13 years, although some children live up to 20 years. Progeria, which is also known as Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, or HGPS is caused by a gene mutation and is characterized by accelerated aging in children.
According to the National Institute of Health, Progeria occurs in every 4 to 8 million births. This extremely rare condition causes children to develop diseases most commonly associated with advanced aging including severe atherosclerosis (hardening of the arteries), an enlarged heart and stroke. While there is no cure, according to the Progeria Research Institute, new medications known as farnesyltransferase inhibitors (FTIs) that were originally used to treat cancer have shown promising results for Progeria patients.