Meet Ontlametse Phalatse, with a rare skin condition that made her age prematurely

Ontlametse Phalatse was born looking normal, but later on, her mother discovered something was wrong. By the time she was three months old, she was already having constant rashes on her skin and her mother thought she had a skin disease.


Before Ontlametse celebrated her first birthday, her hair was falling, her nails weren’t normal, the skin problems continued. Her parents were going from doctor to doctor.


Her father abandoned her and her mother before she celebrated her third birthday, as she was aging prematurely.


Ontlametse was not expected to live beyond the age of 13, but later this year, she will be celebrating her 18th birthday.

‘I don’t care what people say about me,’ she says adding that she wants to become a psychologist to help people with their problems.

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