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BARBARA WALTERS REPORTS: WHEN SEVEN LOOKS LIKE 70�
A RACE AGAINST TIME FOR THREE YOUNG GIRLS
Report on Rare Disease Progeria Airs Friday, July 29, on ABC
What happens to a family when a child's birth becomes a medical mystery? Barbara Walters reports on Kaylee Halko and Lindsay Ratcliffe, two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid-aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 80 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate. It is incredibly rare - occurring in only one of every four to eight million births - and always fatal. On average, children die at the age of 13. Walters also interviews one of the oldest surviving children with progeria and explores the secrets of aging that her body may reveal. The report airs on "20/20" on FRIDAY, JULY 29 (10:00-11:00 p.m., ET) on the ABC Television Network. The hour also includes footage from Discovery FootageSource. (OAD: 9/10/10)
David Sloan is executive producer.