We pray for the Parke family...
Consider yourself lucky if you're living a thriving healthy life with little or no ailments to worry about. Because there exist numerous people out there who suffer from the heart, mind or body and wish they had a life like yours.
Take Lucy Parke's life for instance. This happy-go-lucky eight-year-old passed away earlier this week after suffering from Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome, that she was diagnosed with shortly after her birth.
For the unknowing, Hutchinson Gilford Progeria Syndrome, commonly known as Progeria, is a distinctly rare condition that affects one in every four million people. The condition causes the patient to age prematurely.
It is estimated that only 134 children across 46 countries live with the condition that is caused by a mutation in the lamin-A gene. One symptom of the condition entails severe hardening of the arteries at a very young age. Other symptoms comprise body and fat loss, hair loss and slow, stunted growth along with an average life expectancy of 13 years.
Lucy, from Ballyward, Co Down, Ireland passed away amidst family and friends on New Year's day and was buried in a small pink coffin with her father as one of the pallbearers.
Social media was flooded with tributes from all corners of the world who remembered the young girl and her family in their prayers.
One among them was author Catherine Campbell, who had interviewed Stephanie for her book When We Can't, God Can who stated how several people had been encouraged and blessed by Lucy's presence.
"She was beautiful in every way, but had the premature aging condition Progeria, and fought bravely against the effects it had on her tiny body these past eight years," she wrote on Facebook. "Lucy is now free from pain and limitation, but please pray for her wonderful family who is devastated by her passing. I am so blessed to have met this amazing little girl, and feel Stephanie and David's pain very keenly today," she wrote further.
Lucy was born on November 10, 2009, but barely after turning four months old, she had to undergo a hip operation and she also suffered from contractions of her knees and ankles. With a poor appetite, she wasn't putting on much weight and shortly after she turned nine months, she was diagnosed with Progeria.
Despite her physiological shortcomings, Lucy was a cherubic girl, who like any other three-year-old, liked to sing and play with other children. But unlike other children, she suffered from stunted growth along with arthritis and heart problems that contributed to her shorter life expectancy.
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