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Syndrome X

Poetic Asides November 2013 Poem-A-Day Challenge – Day 2: a “news of the day” poem

Syndrome X

Headline from ABC News/Good Morning America website on 10/29/13: “20-Year Old Dies Never Having Aged”

Brooke Greenberg, of Reisterstown, Maryland, was 20 years old when she died on October 27, 2013, yet she was physically and cognitively similar to a toddler.  She was about 30 inches tall, weighed about 16 pounds, and had an estimated mental age of nine months to one year.

Frozen in her innocence,
she never reached adulthood,
much less adolescence,
but not because she died at birth.
A strange disease had stilled her age
and while remaining on this earth
she stayed within the toddler stage.

Through many operations,
she was able to survive
with love from her relations.
This child whose growing process stalled
provided both pain and pleasure.
And when at last the angels called,
they would mourn their special treasure.

© Susan Schoeffield

Posted at Poetic Asides on 11/2/13 at 6:26 p.m.

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