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United States Presidents and Their Health
Many Americans often only see one side of their president – calm, poised, well-spoken and well-mannered. However, presidents often have ailments, mysteries and personal issues to adhere – a side not often seen by the American people. Whether it be something minor like chronic headaches or more serious conditions like heart attacks and strokes, many presidents in the United States suffered from at least some sort of health-related illness.
Inspired by Sam Berns and his battle with Progeria - #prfsam
The remarkable journey of a young man’s life with Hutchinson-Gilford Progeria Syndrome, began at the tender age of just 22 months old. Born on Oct. 23, 1996 in Providence, RI, Sam Berns became an inspiration for his parents, Dr. Leslie Gordon and Dr. Scott Berns, to learn more about the genetic disease that was so limited in information. Together they created the Progeria Research Foundation in hopes of discovering treatments to slow down its progression and eventually find a cure.
The fatal genetic condition is the result of a mutation in a gene called LMNA, and causes children to age rapidly, eventually causing heart attacks and strokes. It also drastically changes their appearance while leaving their intellect intact. Unfortunately similar to many adults in their 60s and 70s, children with Progeria often pass away from heart disease. With the disease affecting just one in 4 – 8 million newborns throughout the world, the Berns family set out to raise awareness.