Haley Okines, the girl with the rare genetic disorder Progeria, has passed away at the age of 17.
The Progeria Research Facebook page announced the unfortunate news of her death yesterday, and received messages of support from hundreds of thousands of followers.
"The entire Progeria family mourns together with many as we say goodbye to Hayley Okines, our smart, beautiful and spirited English Rose, who passed away today at age 17. Gone from our sight, but never our memories, gone from our touch but never our hearts... We will miss you."
Haley and her mom, Kerry. (Photo Credit: Facebook)
The social media page also shared a touching video to celebrate the life of Haley, referring to her as a "medical pioneer" who fought through her disease which makes her age eight times faster than the average human.
Posted by Hayley Okines - Old Before My Time on Friday, April 3, 2015
Our thoughts are with her loved ones during this difficult time.
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