20-year-old toddler, Brooke Greenberg was known as the toddler that never aged, and now the toddler that never aged has passed away. Brooke never grew beyond the physical size of an infant and had never developed beyond the mental capacity of a 2-year-old.
The Inquisitr reported on Brooke and her condition earlier this year, stating that the girl’s condition baffled doctors who believed that there where no other cases in the world similar to the 20-year-old toddler.
The report continued on to say that Brooke’s father, Howard, said that Brooke grew like a normal child until about the age of four: “From age one to four, Brooke changed. She got a little bit bigger … But age four, four to five, she stopped.”
Rabi Andrew Busch, who delivered the eulogy at the toddler’s funeral, told the New York Daily News that “while the outside world may have noticed Brooke’s physical stature and been puzzled by her unique development state, she brought joy and love to her family. Her parents, three sisters and extended family showered her with love and respected her dignity throughout her entire life.”
According to ABC News, Brooke is one of about a dozen toddlers worldwide ho have “what some call syndrome X — a kind of Benjamin Button disorder that prevents them from aging.” A colleague of Brooke’s father told ABCNews.com that the family is doing as well as can be expected. “They are going through their traditions this week — the shiva.”
The 20-year-old toddler’s death, while sad, is one that the family has been preparing for for many years. According to Time, Brooke has always been moving one step forward and two steps back, but the progress that she has made has had doctors amazed.
Many didn’t believe she would live as long of a life as she has, and to see her pass on at the age of 20 is sad, but can also be viewed as a blessing considering all the milestones she was able to accomplish in her young life.
The 20-year-old toddler’s death has taken its toll on the family, but Brooke will not be easily forgotten. The toddler’s condition has sparked many studies to investigate what exactly caused her condition.
Scientists hope that they will some day soon find what exactly caused the 20-year-old toddler’s condition, and who knows, maybe they can find a way to make the lives of other toddlers with the same condition a bit easier in the future.