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Woman Ages 50 Years In A Few Days

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October 19th, 2011

This woman is only 26 years old.

Remember the Mel Gibson movie, Forever Young? No? Well, that makes sense, because it was pretty stupid. It’s about a guy who gets frozen for 50 years as part of some military experiment. When he wakes up, he’s all handsome at first. (Mel Gibson handsome.) Then, over the course of about 3 days, he ages 50 years.

Sounds ridiculous, right?

Yeah, well, it probably sounded ridiculous to a Vietnamese woman named Nguyen Thi Phuong, too. Then it happened to her.

Not the freezing part. The “aging 50 years in 3 days” part.

Check out the before-and-after:

On the left, Nguyen Thi Phuong at age 21. On the right, the same woman at age 26.

Here’s what happened:

In 2008, the (then) 23-year-old Phuong experienced an allergic reaction upon eating seafood. To take care of her itchy skin, she went to the pharmacy and bought some allergy medicine. After taking that for about a month, the itching subsided. But then she had big hives on her face. Instead of going to the pharmacy, this time Phuong took some kind of “traditional” medicine. It got rid of the hives, but all of a sudden her face started to get all wrinkly. In a matter of days, she went from looking like a typical 23-year-old to looking like a typical 83-year-old.

Phuong and her hubby (who’s stuck with her through it all) have been keeping a low profile since the sudden aging. But they’ve recently taken the woman’s plight public in an attempt to get some help.

Experts have no idea if any of the medications she took could have caused her condition, but they do say that it sounds like she has a condition called “lipodystrohpy.” The condition affects only about 2,000 of the world’s 7 billion inhabitants and, sadly, has no known cure.

[via Telegraph]

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