Rare condition makes 6-yr-old US girl Adalia Rose Williams look like old lady

Updated: 26 Feb 2013
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Adalia Rose Williams
Star: Adalia became an internet hit after her mother posted a video online of her dancing to Vanilla Ice's Ice, Ice, Baby and Gangnam Style and now has nearly 6million Facebook fans
 
Adalia Rose Williams
Adverse reaction: Negative comments about Adalia reached a particular sinister turn in July when sick rumours were spread online that she had died
  
Like most six-year-old girls, Adalia Rose Williams enjoys singing, dancing and dressing up.

But unlike many her age, her innocent pastimes have made her one of the most famous, yet unassuming, youngsters in the world.

She currently has nearly 6million Facebook fans, an inbox packed full of thousands of e-mails and is inundated with hundreds of letters.

Yet her emergence into the public eye has also brought its fair share of unwanted attention. She has been subjected to vile abuse and has even been the victim of a death hoax.
 
That's because she suffers from a rare condition called progeria that is making her tiny body age several times faster than normal. The average lifespan for a sufferer is just 13 years.

The illness means she weighs just 14lbs - about the same as her baby brother Marcelo. She is bald and other children sometimes mistake her for a boy.

The youngster, from Round Rock, a city 20 miles north of Austin, Texas, needs help walking up a staircase and doesn't go to school because she needs constant care.

As a result, some people give her strange looks but her parents - 24-year-old mother Natalia Amozurrutia and her 26-year-old stepfather Ryan Pallante - tell her it's because 'they've never seen an angel,' they told Gawker.com.
 
Adalia became an online sensation in May last year when her mother decided to set up a Facebook page dedicated to her daughter to keep family and friends in touch with her progress.

It included dozens of pictures as well as videos of her singing to Vanilla Ice's 'Ice, Ice, Baby' and dancing to Gangnam Style, which drew 66 comments from people within 30 minutes alone.

The overwhelming number of respondents were positive, but many were not.

Groups called 'Adalia Rose should have been aborted and 'Adalia Rose is a veiny testicle head' began to emerge.

And then the reaction reached a particularly sinister turn in July when sick rumours were spread online that she had died.

As several RIP Adalia pages sprang up, Natalia had to log onto Facebook to rubbish the vile claims.

'NO ADALIA HAS NOT PASSED AWAY!!!!,' she wrote on July 27. 'She is healthy and happily sleeping in her bed having sweet dreams!'

She tracked down one of the trolls, Carl Sherburne, who was unrepentant in his response.

He told her: 'I don't want to say it like this, but this is the only way it's going to sink in: Whenever you're putting pictures of your child and letting her dress up, and putting videos of her dancing, you're presenting your child with Progeria like it's a freak show.'

But in large part, Natalia has managed to protect her daughter from the full force of the abuse.

When asked if Adalia is a 'happy girl', she responds: 'Oh yeah. She's out there now. You see.'

SOURCE: dailymail.co.uk
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