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Monday, May 23, 2005

Puer Aeternus-- Eternal Youth!
Brooke looks like any other baby girl. But in fact, she's 12 years old..?

The Latin term Puer Aeternus, meaning eternal youth, is the only apt term to describe Brooke.

Is the Telegraph the NEW National Enquirer? This must be a joke! She hasn't aged, but she is 12 yrs. old. and the size of a regular baby! Note there is NO picture of this supposed baby! So I GOOGLED IT!

A Welsh View Has a picture of the supposed Baby. Rightwingnuthouse has an entry on their blog.
Supposed they wrote to WBAL and recieved a reply that the story was NOT a hoax.

Coming from WBAL I find the same story as the Telegraph. And Pics.

To the mystification of the medical world, Brooke is frozen in time, a real-life, female Peter Pan. She weighs 13lb and measures 27 inches, and looks and acts as if she were a six-month-old baby, not a girl about to become a teenager.

Brooke lives with her parents Howard and Melanie Greenberg and her three sisters in Reisterstown, a Baltimore suburb, and doctors credit her survival to their love and support.

"She hasn't changed in 12 years," Mr Greenberg, 48, told The Sunday Telegraph. He does not see his beloved daughter as an object of pity. "Why is it sad?" he asks. "We love her the way she is."

She recognises her family, and giggles when tickled. She has no language skills .

He describes her as being the equivalent of between six months to 12 months old in terms of height and weight, and says that most doctors who see her compare her to "maybe a handicapped two-year-old".

Brooke was born after a 36-week pregnancy on January 8 1993 in the Sinai Hospital, Baltimore, weighing 4lb 1oz. As an unborn baby, her spasmodic development puzzled doctors. In her first year, she was treated with human growth hormone, but it had no effect.

Until she was five, she suffered a succession of life-threatening health problems, including strokes, seizures, ulcers and breathing difficulties - almost as if she was growing old despite not growing up. Four times, it seemed that she might die. At one point she was diagnosed with a brain tumour the size of a lemon, but it shrank away of its own accord, and Brooke simply woke up.

Brooke now has to be fed through a tube, but her health seems to have stabilised. There is no expectation that she will develop, but, equally, no one can predict how long she can survive.

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