Brooke Greenberg, a 20-year-old Maryland resident, is amazingly the size of a preschooler.
Weighing just four-pounds at birth, she suffered from a condition known as anterior hip dislocation, which caused her legs to swivel up toward the shoulders. Although surgeons corrected the problem, during the next six years she suffered many medical emergencies that included a stroke, seven perforated ulcers and a brain tumor that simply disappeared on its own, baffling her doctors.
When she was approximately five years old, Brooke simply ceased growing. Growth hormones had no effect on her condition. Dr. Richard Walker, an endocrine physiology specialist at the University of South Florida’s College of Medicine, eventually determined that Brooke’s condition is because her central control genes failed. Doctors termed the ailment “Syndrome X.”