Hu Juan, a 28-year-old woman from Zhengzhou in China, was 17 when she began noticing that she was aging more rapidly than normal. The changes began occurring after she gave birth to her first child. Hu ultimately was diagnosed with cutis laxa, a rare disorder of connective tissue that causes the skin on her face and neck to prematurely lose elasticity, becoming wrinkled and sagged. She appears, according to images and reports, to be about 70 or 80 years old.
According to the Daily Mail, the disorder sent Hu into a depressive state and caused her to attempt suicide. After having a second child failed to change her skin as she hoped that it might, Hu has finally opted to undergo cosmetic surgery to regain her youthful appearance. She has reportedly been optimistic that the surgery will be beneficial, but doctors have voiced concerns about the relatively unprecedented procedure. The possibility of success is still uncertain.
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Shanghaiist reports that less than 10 people have been diagnosed with cutis laxa, and Hu is the only known case in China. A treatment for the disorder has yet to be discovered, and Hu’s forthcoming surgery will only alter her physical appearance. Cutis laxa can also affect other parts of the body, including vital organs, but Hu’s face and neck are the only places where the disorder has shown so far.
Sources: The Daily Mail, Shanghaiist / Photo Credit: Shanghaiist