Who is the oldest survivor of progeria?
Generally speaking, the life expectancy of progeria patients is only about 14.6 years. But there was a boy called Leon Botha who was far older than the average age, and he died at 26, was one of the world’s oldest survivors of progeria.
Leon Botha was born in Cape Town, South Africa and lived there until his death. He had no formal training in art, but became a full-time painter and disk jockey who also appeared in many music videos and opened concerts with other music group.
He was diagnosed with progeria around the age of 4 years.
In 2005, Botha successfully underwent heart bypass surgery to prevent a heart attack due to progeria-related atherosclerosis.
In November 2010, Botha suffered a stroke, and died from complications of progeria in Cape Town one day after his 26th birthday.
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