Teen with Progeria is now 19 years old.
Ana Rochelle Pondare, the teen with Progeria, celebrated her 19th birthday in June, which also became her last as she passed away last August 11. Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disorder where symptoms resembling aspects of aging are manifested at a very early age. Despite her young age, Rochelle has a body of a hundred-year old woman because of her condition.
Rochelle’s ultimate wish is for her broken family to be reunited. She recently met her dad again. “Akala ko hindi mangyayari pero nangyari po na nagkita ulit kami kahit almost 19 years kaming hindi nagkita ng papa ko,” she said in an interview with CNN Philippines.
She also wanted to finish her schooling. “Gusto ko po kasi na balang araw ipagmalaki ako ng mga kapatid ko,” she stated.
Rochelle served as her family’s breadwinner. “Sa pagtitinda ko po dahil doon po ako kumukuha ng pang araw-araw namin,” she shared. Despite her condition, Rochelle strives to live a fulfilling life and honor God.” Ang rason kung bakit ka binigyan ng problema kasi alam Niya na kaya mong i-solve,” she said.
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