When she was 12, Zara Hartshorn, from South Yorkshire, England, started feeling like a little girl trapped in an old woman's body. Strangers often mistook her for the mother of her older sister Chloe, and she endured taunts like "granny" and "monkey" from other children, reports the Daily Mail. Hartshorn, now 16, suffers from a rare genetic disease — it affects only about 2,000 people worldwide — called cutis laxa, which causes the fatty and connective tissues and bones under the skin to deteriorate and can lead to the appearance of extreme premature aging. She's the subject of an upcoming episode of the documentary series "Extraordinary People" (airing Thursday in the U.K).
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Hartshorn inherited the condition, which was initially misdiagnosed as lipodystrophy (also called "reverse Benjamin Button disease"), from her mother, Tracey Gibson. The symptoms first appeared when she was a young child. At 4 years old, herRead More »from Zara Hartshorn: Face-lift Transforms Teen's Life