Brooke Greenberg weighs 16 pounds and stands 2 feet, 6 inches tall. She can't walk or talk, but doctors hope she may be the key to the fountain of youth
A woman who never aged has died.
Brooke Greenberg, of Reisterstown, Maryland, looked and behaved like a toddler until her last breath.
Brooke was eventually diagnosed by her physician with "Syndrome X", an unidentifiable and unexplained rare disease - which is known to affect only about six people in the world - where they do not age physically or mentally since early childhood.
"While the outside world may have noticed Brooke's physical stature and been puzzled by her unique development state, she brought joy and love to her family," Rabbi Andrew Busch, who delivered the eulogy at the funeral yesterday, told the New York Daily News. "Her parents, three sisters and extended family showered her with love and respected her dignity throughout her entire life."
Brooke and her family appeared on Katie Couric's talk show in the US in January.
They said Brooke could not talk, had baby teeth and still had to be pushed about in a chair.
"From age one to four, Brooke changed. She got a little bit bigger. But age four, four to five, she stopped," her father told Couric.