Born Different – I’m A 23-Year-Old In An Old Person’s Body

Michiel Vandeweert, from Belgium, has progeria – an extremely rare genetic disorder that causes people to age rapidly. He turned 23 years old this June, well-surpassing doctor’s prognosis of his condition of only reaching age 12. He told Truly: “I’m basically a very old person in a very small body.” Two years ago he began streaming video games on Twitch. This has led to a range of reactions on social media: “The positives have been that people have found a lot of inspiration in my streams, the negative reactions are mostly that I look weird and different,” he said. Michiel has a 15-year-old little sister called Amber, who also has the condition. They have a close bond and support each other through the ups and downs, knowing that they are living life to the fullest. Follow Michiel here :

Videographer: Yann Verbeke
Producers: Dav Rich and Kim Nguyen
Production : Future Studios
Editor: Vanessa Nascimento

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