Barbara Walters Returns to 20/20 with Special Report on Progeria: ‘When 7 Looks Like 70′

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.

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  5. I watched the special tonight and found these little girls so adorable. God does not make mistakes. They are so special and I wish I were close enough to give each of them a hug and kiss. I am a grandmother of 3 handsome boys, I love the spirit of the bothers of one of the girls and I thank God for the strength and understanding that he has given the siplings and parents. This was a very good story, we could learn a lot from these sweet girls.

  6. I watched the special tonight and found these little girls so adorable. God does not make mistakes. They are so special and I wish I were close enough to give each of them a hug and kiss. I am a grandmother of 3 handsome boys, I love the spirit of the bothers of one of the girls and I thank God for the strength and understanding that he has given the siplings and parents. This was a very good story, we could learn a lot from these sweet girls.

  7. Barbara,Thank you for this program! The girls and their families are wonderful!! The girls are adorable, and God is really using them to speak to hearts! God bless all of them! God is working in their lives!
    LR

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