28-year-old mother suffers from rare disorder that makes her look 70 years oldBy Mason White 11:11 AM December 8, 2014
|Hu Juan before and after|
By: Tanya Malhotra
(Scroll down for video) A good-looking young woman is looking for help after she was left looking like a 70-year-old woman.
28-year-old Hu Juan of the Zhengzhou, Henan, China, arrived in Shanghai seeking cosmetic surgery after she was diagnosed with a rare condition that made her appear old.
After giving birth to her first child 11 years ago, Juan’s face began to change, aging prematurely. She was diagnosed with a disorder called Cutis Laxa, which causes the skin to become loose and wrinkled at a rapid rate due to a loss of elasticity.
Less than 10 people worldwide have reportedly been diagnosed with the disease. There is no effective treatment, but plastic surgery can help correct her appearance.
Over the past 11 years, Juan’s husband has remained by her side as she watched her youthful appearance fade. Juan avoided going outside and looking in mirrors. Her heart broke when she realized that her son was ashamed to tell his friends that she is his mother.
Juan suffers from depression, and reportedly attempted suicide. The couple believed that having another child might help her feel better, but nothing had changed after the birth of their daughter.
Now, a plastic surgery center in Shanghai, assembled a team of professionals to help Hu, including a psychologist.
Juan hopes to gain back some of her youthful looks, but doctors have expressed uncertainty about the outcome at this stage of her disease.