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40-Year-Old Woman In A Nine Month Old Child's Body! Her Tragedy Could Have Been Avoided?

Anyone who is a parent will be able to confirm that there is a point in their life where they think that they would love for their little ones to stay children for the rest of their lives. Yet for one couple from Brazil, such a wish had come true. The family has been living their life as if taken straight from the “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button” movie but with a twist. And all because their daughter is a 40-year-old woman who is stuck in the body of an infant. Who is Maria Audete and what exactly has happened to her? And could this all have been avoided? Read on to find out her story!

Maria Audete - A Woman Trapped In An Infant’s Body

Maria Audete - A Woman Trapped In An Infant’s Body

Maria Audete do Nascimento was born on May 7th, 1981. Her family consists of her father and his second wife, who has been caring for the little woman-child ever since her own mother died 13 years ago. They live in a mud house in Ceara, Brazil, as that is all the family is able to afford. Though of course, the most unusual thing about the 40-year-old is that her physical, mental, and cognitive development had stopped when she was only nine months old. Read on to find out what her life looks like.

Maria Audete - Problems She Faces

Maria had spent the entirety of her life living like a baby, unable to tend to her own needs, and unable to even speak. Even though she is 40, Audete still needs to eat like a baby, otherwise, she could end up dying. It’s all because her body is not designed to digest hard-to-digest foods and in addition to all this, her tiny heart, which is as developed as that of any other 9-month-old baby, maybe not be able to handle the increase in cholesterol.

Maria Audete - Problems She Faces

Maria Audete - Still Ages

When it comes to doing other things such as talking and communicating, that too has stopped the development of an infant. Maria is able to communicate with her loved ones by making simple sounds. Though while it might not look like it at first glance, the woman has begun to age. As it was reported by local media, she suffers from chronic fatigue and her hair has begun falling out. However, those who don’t know her, still treat her like a child. They give her candies, carry her in their arms and entertain her, and apparently, the 40-year-old woman enjoys it very much. Though what has caused this woman to be like this? You will find out on the next page

Maria Audete - The Diagnosis

And unlike with Benjamin Button, there was no turning back of a clock but a rather logical explanation for why this 40-year-old has been stuck as a nine-month-old infant all her life. As it turns out, the woman was born with hypothyroidism and in her case, it was all caused by a deficiency of T3 and T4 hormones during the fetal period. And because of this, the autoimmune disease led to neurological and developmental complications which had stopped Maria from developing physically, mentally, and cognitively at the age of nine months old.

Maria Audete - Still Ages

Maria Audete - This Could Have Been Avoided?

Though as experts have revealed, Maria’s life could have been very different from what it is today had she been diagnosed on time. Had she been given the right medication at birth, the physical changes to her body could have been reversed and she would have lived out her life like any other person her age. Though unfortunately, the girl was not diagnosed until she was eight years old which meant it was too late for hormone therapy and so she will continue to live out the rest of her life the way she is now. But could anything change? Read on to find out!

Maria Audete - Help For The Woman

Experts from the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Ceara were the ones who have made the diagnosis that the then-8-year-old Maria was suffering from a severe deficiency of the thyroid hormone. However it wasn’t all, the university staff had also agreed to, free of charge, provide treatment to Maria to enable her to be a little more independent such as teaching her to walk, eat and say a few words. Though besides that, there is not much they can do to help her.

Maria Audete - The Diagnosis

Maria Audete - A Loving Home

As we have mentioned earlier, Maria’s mother had passed away 13 years ago, and later, her father had remarried. And it seems that the house the 40-year-old lives in is not short of love because her stepmother Dora, has taken care of Audete since the day she married her father. The woman also doesn’t mind the fact that she needs to look after her all the time as she believes that it is the passion of her life and that the child was sent to her as a gift of God, for her to take care of. Though there are other cases of children who have never aged. Read on to find out what they were

Gabby Williams - Outlived Her Prognosis

Although much different to Maria, in 2014 a news story went viral about Gabby Williams, a nine-year-old baby who will never grow old. Gabby lives in American with her parents and five siblings and despite being the second-oldest child, she is the smallest. When she was born not only was she purple and limps, tests also revealed that she had a brain abnormality and that she was blind. In addition, she had two heart defects, a cleft palate, and an abnormal swallowing reflex which meant she had to be fed through a tube in her nose. When all chromosome tests came back negative for well-known genetic condictions, doctors had no idea what Gabby’s problem was and told her parents to expect the worst. Though when her parents had taken the girl home, she started to get stronger and her condition stabilised. Yet as weeks and months passed by she hardly developed or grew. Eventually, doctors told her parents that Gabby’s rate of ageing was much slower than other children, yet the most bizzare thing was that there are no known genetict conditions or abnormalities to explain the disorder that affects just a handful of people in the world...so rare that it doesn’t even have a name

Maria Audete - This Could Have Been Avoided?

Brooke Greenberg - Lived Until 20

The condition that Gabby had suffered from has been so rare it didn’t have a name so that some people had been referring to it as Syndrome X or Benjamin Button disorder. Another girl who suffered from this was Brooke Greenberg. Back in 2009 everyone was about the girl who had been pushed in a stroller all her life and when her family was interviewed on ABC’s “20/20” that year, she had weighed only 16 pounds and was 30 inches tall. She didn’t speak but at times laughed and showed recognition for her family. The only part of her body that grew was her hair and fingernails. Her first 6 years of life saw Brooke go through a series of medical emergencies from which she suffered without an explanation. They included surgery for seven perforated stomach ulcers, a brain seizure that was followed by what was diagnosed as a stroke. At the age of 4, she fell into a lethargy that caused her to sleep for 14 days. Then doctors had diagnosed a brain tumor, prompting the Greenbergs to purchase a casket for their daughter, but then doctors called saying she was fine, awake and that there was no tumor. However, in a sad turn of events, Brooke had passed away in 2013, at the age of 20, never having developed beyond the physical size of an infant or the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.

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