Teen Who Looks Like 105-Year-Old Lady Became Musical.ly Star, See How She’s Doing Now

By Li Yen, Epoch Times
May 13, 2019 Updated: May 19, 2019

As of April 1, 2019, there are 157 identified children with progeria living in 49 countries, according to the Progeria Research Foundation (PRF). Doctors have predicted that a person with progeria typically won’t survive past 13 years of age. However, one teen from Toledo, Ohio, defied those odds. In July 2018, she celebrated her 15th birthday.

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On July 21, 2003, Kaylee Halko was born in an Ohio hospital. She was perfect, except that she has a rare condition called progeria, also known as Hutchinson-Gilford syndrome, a fatal premature aging condition. In other words, she ages 10 times faster than a normal person.

Her “old” and awkward appearance made her the subject of ridicule. She is often poked fun at by people for being “ugly,” but in spite of all the nasty remarks, she is a fearless and strong girl—nothing will slow her down. She continues to take the bus to school, despite being put down by her schoolmates. She never takes their bullying to heart, and displays great tolerance.

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“When we are out we get a few stares but Kaylee always makes jokes about it, it’s her way of dealing with things,” her mother, Marla Halko, whom Kaylee credited as being her strongest pillar of support in her book Old Before My Time, told StoryTrender.

Kaylee appeared on ABC’s 20/20 when she was 8 years old. When asked by Barbara Walters what the difference between her and other people was, she responded, “I have a bald head and you have hair.”

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Despite having stiff joints due to her aging condition, the teenager, who stopped growing at 3 feet, 5 inches, has a deep passion for dancing. Dancing is not only a pleasant diversion of hers, but it also helps to prevent her joints from deteriorating. She has learned jazz, lyrical, hip-hop, and musical theater, and aspires to be a hip-hop dancer.

“Performing has really helped her, so I’m happy she dances, it keeps her joints loose and stops them from tightening up,” said Marla, who thinks Kaylee is a sassy dancer.

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The tiny girl with a “jingle bell” voice also loves singing! After uploading her lip-syncing videos to Musical.ly in 2016, she amassed millions of fans and became a Musical.ly star!

“In her videos she lip-syncs for 15–30 seconds and puts her own twist on the songs, it’s really big with the kids,” Marla said. “It’s really funny, after performing at dance shows she has fans waiting to meet her afterwards, they all know her from Music.ly and want to take pictures with her.”

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Though currently there is no cure for progeria, Kaylee remains spirited, positive, and doesn’t think much about her disease.

“She’s just a typical teen she has a lot of friends, loves her social media and dancing, we try not to make her life too much about her having progeria and let her live like a normal 13-years-old,” said Marla, back in 2017.

Her self-confidence, positivity, and passion for life keeps her going even though she has the physical appearance of a 105-year-old lady. She is truly inspiring! Way to go, Kaylee!

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