What happens to a family when a child’s birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It’s extremely rare – occurring in only one in four to eight million births – and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13.
Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal.
“20/20: A Barbara Walters Special” airs FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 10 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The hour also includes footage from Discovery FootageSource.