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5-year-old girl struggling as she already has breasts and menstrual cycle

By Mason White 5:27 PM October 10, 2017
Tam and Emily Dover
Tam and Emily Dover
By: Alexis Bell

A couple is asking the public for financial help to get their daughter the treatment she needs.

5-year-old Emily Dover of New South Wales, Australia, was
diagnosed with Addison’s disease, which means her adrenal glands don’t produce enough steroid hormones.

In addition, she has Congenital Adrenal Hyperplasia, Central Precocious Puberty, Autism Spectrum Disorder, Sensory Processing Disorder and Anxiety Disorder.

According to her mother Tam, Emily was born in perfect health. At four-weeks-old, Emily grew 4 centimeters in one week.

By 4-months-old, Emily was the size of a 1-year-old, and her growth continued as did her constant health issues.

At 2-years-old, Emily began growing breast. She was referred to the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at Wyong Hospital, where tests were run and Emily’s hormone levels were taken.

It came back as though she was a pregnant woman. By the age of 3, she had excess body hair and acne.

At 4-years-old, Emily told her mother that she accidentally pooped in her pants. When her mother went to help her clean herself, she realized that the girl did not get herself dirty but rather she was bleeding.

She had been getting her menstrual period ever since then. At just 4-years-old, Emily had to learn how to use pads.

She is due to start her treatment of hormone replacement therapy, and she will get 3 monthly injection.

The treatment comes with a price tag of $1,455 per shot. This will cause Emily to go into menopause, with all the side effects that older women have.

Tam said that she and her husband are working, but are often forced to take time off work to go to doctors with their daughter, which caused them to be in bad financial shape.

Tam set up a GoFundMe account named “Emily. Teenager Before Her Time,” where she has so far raised $3,300 of her $5,000 goal.