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(My Fox 8 Greensboro)   A Case for the Ages: Brooke Greenberg may be a 20-year old, but she's also still a toddler due to a mystery medical condition. There are no other cases like Brooke's in the world   (myfox8.com) divider line 217
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2013-01-12 12:16:36 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Who is that redhead holding her? She's a stone fox.


I'm more interested in who the black chick is, and why Meredith Viera looks like she's about to cop a feel on mom...
 
2013-01-12 12:16:55 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: namegoeshere: Darth_Lukecash: Whatever this kid is missing, may hold the key to immortality.

We do all get, don't we, that this would be a really, really bad thing?

Hell, even making the majority of us reach 100 would seriously fark the human race.

My nine year old had the immortality discussion in school today. Ethics in the fourth grade - I like it.

There is no such thing as immortality. Just unusually long life spans.


Perhaps not in the fictional sense that nothing can kill you, but there is such a thing as biological imortality (pops).
 
2013-01-12 12:17:07 AM  

Mangoose: How long until this devolves into a Chris Hansen vs. Pedobear cage match?


Oh, yeah, like a Fountain of Uncouth.
 
2013-01-12 12:17:09 AM  
"She's not broke..."

I get what OgreMagi's saying, but I've seen a hell of a lot of parents online flapping their arms around and wailing about their 'broken angel' and such when their kid has various minor-to-serious disorders. It's a horrible thing to have an unhealthy child, and a horrible thing to have to *be* one, but as a kid who grew up epileptic I'm pretty thrilled my parents never once treated me as a broken person. I've seen others who weren't as lucky.

I'm thinking serpent_sky is right and if there did end up being a miracle cure, they'd take it. There's a HUGE difference between accepting your kid for who they are along with their limitations, and willfully denying treatment.

Course, people are crazy, too. There's always that.
 
2013-01-12 12:17:23 AM  
I say we cast her in a tv sitcom


...I didn't mean to
 
2013-01-12 12:18:07 AM  

ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.


Came to say this
 
2013-01-12 12:18:38 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: EVERYBODY PANIC: Oldiron_79: AdolfOliverPanties: ...

Maybe you should. She weighs 16 pounds and has an estimated mental age of nine months to one year.


That sounds like most of girls I knew who were named "Brooke" in high school.
 
2013-01-12 12:19:24 AM  

doglover: Bonanza Jellybean: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Who is that redhead holding her? She's a stone fox.

Carley Greenberg, her younger sister.


Bummer. I thought it might be somebody from the show. E-stalking real people (not in showbiz) is a little much for me. Crazy that the same parents produced those two.
 
2013-01-12 12:20:22 AM  
That's one sexy looking 20 year old.

//What? She's legal.
////I wonder if she likes candy and vans.
 
2013-01-12 12:20:54 AM  

BarkingUnicorn: namegoeshere: There is one girl on a commercial for home health care services here that has something similar. She looks about 9 months old, is the size of an infant, but on the commercial she's on the computer, purposely manipulating the mouse and reading something. She has a breathng tube and glasses. They don't say an age or the name of her condition, just how happy they are that Home Health Care allows her to live at home full time.

Could be a precocious baby.


Oh, i've seen a similar ad. The kid is touting financial advice. Dont you believe it
 
2013-01-12 12:21:00 AM  

Funbags: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Here I was, eager to extol the "Lolita" angle, but am I to understand the 20 year old in question is the one being carried on the far left?

Yeah, I'll be the last to judge you for whatever your particular kink is, but if anyone with a normal sized dong inserts it into something that tiny, it damn well better be a fleshlight.


Yes. She weighs 16 pounds and has an estimated mental age of nine months to one yearl
 
2013-01-12 12:21:38 AM  

Fano: I say we cast her in a tv sitcom


...I didn't mean to


That's exactly what I was thinking, but I know it's not the same.
 
2013-01-12 12:23:26 AM  

lasercannon: That's one sexy looking 20 year old.

//What? She's legal.
////I wonder if she likes candy and vans.


Special hell
 
2013-01-12 12:24:14 AM  
Sorry mom, the kids broke. It's ok to be broke. It's not ok to deny it.
 
2013-01-12 12:27:21 AM  
Where the fark was the content in the article?
 
2013-01-12 12:29:02 AM  
So has she had sex yet? Will she ever have sex? How can she live her entire life and have the subject not come up?

/window seat please
 
2013-01-12 12:29:27 AM  

lasercannon: That's one sexy looking 20 year old.

//What? She's legal.
////I wonder if she likes candy and vans.


Not legal. Mentally she's even younger than she looks. Unable to consent.
 
2013-01-12 12:29:55 AM  
Site seems to be slow, so I'm reposting here:

Brooke Greenberg may be a 20-year-old, but she's also still a toddler due to a mystery medical condition that has baffled medical experts for several years.

From ages one to four, Brooke changed like a normal child. However, between four and five, she stopped, her parents told Katie Couric. Katie airs at 11 a.m. every weekday on FOX8.

"From age one to four, Brooke changed. She got a little bit bigger," explained her father, Howard, during the family's appearance on Thursday's "Katie" with Katie Couric. "But age four, four to five, she stopped."

Since then, Brooke's height has remained at 20 inches and her weight at 16 pounds. She wears diapers and pushes a stroller, gets fed through a feeding tube and communicates like an infant would.

"Like 6 months," she explained on the TV show. "Can you imagine what it's been like to deal with a 6 month old for 20 years? Whining, crying, pooping, vomiting, and she still hasn't learned to sleep through the night."

Doctors told Brooke's parents, who live in Maryland, there are no other cases like Brooke's in the world and they're the unluckiest people in existence.

The family provides care to her every day, like some horrible slave race, trapped in a hell of their own making.

"It hasn't been easy," Melanie told Couric. "People try to sympathize by talking about their own colicky babies, but they just don't understand. She had colic for six years. Six years!"

Doctors have no way to even determine how long Brooke may live and the family will be trapped in misery.

"If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'we can get you out of this with a pill.' I would say, 'Thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show, his voice breaking. "But I have no hope in ever hearing those sweet, sweet words of release."

Astrologists are now reading every star on the Greenberg's charts to determine which god they pissed off.
 
2013-01-12 12:32:41 AM  

Bathia_Mapes: Funbags: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Here I was, eager to extol the "Lolita" angle, but am I to understand the 20 year old in question is the one being carried on the far left?

Yeah, I'll be the last to judge you for whatever your particular kink is, but if anyone with a normal sized dong inserts it into something that tiny, it damn well better be a fleshlight.

Yes. She weighs 16 pounds and has an estimated mental age of nine months to one yearl


Christ... I should've rtfa.
 
2013-01-12 12:33:06 AM  

lasercannon: That's one sexy looking 20 year old.

//What? She's legal.
////I wonder if she likes candy and vans.


It's nice to see that Jerry Sandusky got the internet in Prison.
 
2013-01-12 12:33:07 AM  
In some ways it's kind of the opposite of progeria.
 
2013-01-12 12:33:51 AM  
I grew up in an area where there are a lot of special care facilities for celebrity family members and VIP dependents. All of this is supposed to be secret, but some of these establishments have been around since the 1920s and stories do leak out about the patients.

But this poor kid has them all beat.
 
2013-01-12 12:35:27 AM  
What if she has the DNA for immortality? If we could just reconfigure the DNA after studying what she has and tune it to our "best age", wouldn't that be great? Forever 20, 25, or even 30 years old with a beautiful body and a sharp mind!
 
2013-01-12 12:36:38 AM  

Theaetetus: we can get you out of this with a pill


no pill is going to cure that now, if something may have been done 19+ years ago maybe. and 19+ years ago there weren't any drugs to cure this. whatever the reason it's so rare, anyone think they have a cure.

the parent(s) have accepted what was dealt them and dealed with it and moved forward.
 
2013-01-12 12:38:58 AM  

OgreMagi: There's something wrong with her and you are a horrible person if you would turn down a chance to fix her.


From the brief article, she appears to have similar physical and cognitive developmental delays; were those not in sync, I would definitely agree. However, assuming "communicates like an infant would" refers to cognitive level rather than formation of words alone, I am not quick to say a more normal life now is better. She is not a four year old but a twenty year old, which could mean similar physical and mental deterioration based on her actual age rather than apparent age while causing confusion on topics of legal age such as driving, smoking, gambling, drinking, voting, etc.. The girl has been robbed of nearly two decades, likely far more no matter how swiftly a cure arrives, and this seems far crueler to someone with the wherewithal of an adult than a child, to say whatever you are doing with your life is cut by twenty years.

Were I edging towards fifty rather than thirty... I only now feel my life has reached a point of stability, where I have the education and resources and contacts and motivation and so on to make myself into whatever I want, and twenty less years to do this would be difficult.

Darth_Lukecash: Whatever this kid is missing, may hold the key to immortality.


Might be her cells still age in the same way ours do, but those plans for physical and cognitive development are not progressing. At best, I think she is a practical fountain of youth rather than elixir of life, so to speak.
 
2013-01-12 12:39:38 AM  
AdolfOliverPanties:

Too old.

/amidoingitrite?


Well, let's see, if she has the body of a toddler but she's a actually 20 YEARS old....

No, that's too wrong to joke about. Even for me.

Anyway. Have they figured out what her mental age is? They say she still talks like a child, but there are ways to measure IQ in even in blind deaf-mutes etc.

And yes, if there were a cure she should have it.
 
2013-01-12 12:41:04 AM  

megalynn44: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

Came to say this


It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached. A few years back there was a case of a deaf child who could have regained its hearing through a surgery but the mother, who was also deaf, didn't want her kid to be able to hear because the child would no longer be part of the deaf community that the mother felt was superior to the rest of society.
 
2013-01-12 12:41:28 AM  

maram500: Bonanza Jellybean: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Who is that redhead holding her? She's a stone fox.

I'm more interested in who the black chick is, and why Meredith Viera looks like she's about to cop a feel on mom...


I would like to know myself especially since Meredith ain't in the farkin picture.
 
2013-01-12 12:44:43 AM  

EngineerAU: megalynn44: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

Came to say this

It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached. A few years back there was a case of a deaf child who could have regained its hearing through a surgery but the mother, who was also deaf, didn't want her kid to be able to hear because the child would no longer be part of the deaf community that the mother felt was superior to the rest of society.


...that was from Scrubs
 
2013-01-12 12:44:44 AM  

The One True TheDavid: AdolfOliverPanties:

Too old.

/amidoingitrite?

Well, let's see, if she has the body of a toddler but she's a actually 20 YEARS old....

No, that's too wrong to joke about. Even for me.

Anyway. Have they figured out what her mental age is? They say she still talks like a child, but there are ways to measure IQ in even in blind deaf-mutes etc.

And yes, if there were a cure she should have it.


There's a link to a more complete article within the article posted by the submitter. Her mental age is estimated to be between nine months to one year.
 
2013-01-12 12:45:45 AM  

EngineerAU: megalynn44: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

Came to say this

It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached. A few years back there was a case of a deaf child who could have regained its hearing through a surgery but the mother, who was also deaf, didn't want her kid to be able to hear because the child would no longer be part of the deaf community that the mother felt was superior to the rest of society.


If you're talking about a cochlear implant- there are a lot of people in the deaf community that have mixed feelings about them, and several have chosen not to get them for various reasons, and it's not a crazy decision in the slightest.

And honestly, people are going to conclude that this woman is a terrible person for saying in a tv interview what amounts to "I love my daughter exactly the way she is"? Her daughter's disease is not currently curable. They're obviously doing whatever they can- having her genome sequenced means they're working with doctors and medical researchers pretty closely. They're not denying her care.
 
2013-01-12 12:47:29 AM  
 
2013-01-12 12:47:29 AM  
So when can I get my pet tiger that stays a cub forever?
 
2013-01-12 12:48:16 AM  

EngineerAU: It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached.


Reminds me of the case of Ashley X in 1997, where the parents of a developmentally disabled paid a doctor cash under the table to amputate her developing breasts, and remove her uterus and fallopian tubes so she'd never reach sexual maturity and never have any growth spurts during puberty. Even the hospital later admitted the surgery was illegal at the time, and should not have been done or allowed without a court order. The parents did so so that Ashley would remain a child-sized girl for her entire life, their "pillow angel"

Encyclopedia Dramatica has a far less tactful telling of the story. (NSFW)
 
2013-01-12 12:49:19 AM  

Darth_Lukecash: serpent_sky: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

I don't know if she is a "terrible" person, but I can't understand why she wouldn't want her child to have a more normal life and not have a mystery condition that has kept her in the body of a 4-year-old for 16 years, being fed through a tube.  Perhaps she is resigned to the situation and knows there isn't a magical pill coming, and that's how she deals with such a difficult thing.  I suspect if that personal really did come knocking with a pill, she'd absolutely take it for her daughter.

It could be a number of reasons.  First of all, she loves her kid, so she cannot admit there is something "wrong" with her.  It may be moms only defense against hating her own kid. Or perhaps like many parents, don't want their kid to ever grow up.

Either way, I'm surprised that some rich person hasn't stole her to figure out what's wrong genetically. Whatever this kid is missing, may hold the key to immortality.


Development is very different from degradation of a body's ability to regemerate cells, I suspect.

This mom can tell herself any lies to make herself feel better imo.
 
2013-01-12 12:49:52 AM  

EngineerAU: megalynn44: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

Came to say this

It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached. A few years back there was a case of a deaf child who could have regained its hearing through a surgery but the mother, who was also deaf, didn't want her kid to be able to hear because the child would no longer be part of the deaf community that the mother felt was superior to the rest of society.


A portion of the deaf community could be called "militant deaf".  They reject medical treatment that could cure them, on the grounds that there is nothing wrong.  They also refuse to learn to lip read and insist everyone else learn sign language.  Basically, they're douches.  I'd say ignore them, except they force their idiocy on their children as in the case you mention.
 
2013-01-12 12:51:06 AM  

EVERYBODY PANIC: Oldiron_79: AdolfOliverPanties: Too old.

/amidoingitrite?

You're going to special hell.

Oh come on. She's TWENTY fer crissakes. She's a woman, with needs. Needs I tell ya. And nobody but a real Farker should be allowed near the lady. Get the lady a TF subscription if we get details.

/did not RTFA. *shudders*


The way most statutory rape and pedophilia laws are written, that would actually be an interesting case.
 
2013-01-12 12:51:49 AM  

New Farkin User Name: ...that was from Scrubs


I've never watched Scrubs but it wouldn't surprise me if a tv show took a story line from an actual event. It's happen once or two thousand times.

Genevieve Marie: If you're talking about a cochlear implant- there are a lot of people in the deaf community that have mixed feelings about them, and several have chosen not to get them for various reasons, and it's not a crazy decision in the slightest.


Mom's reasons were strictly based on keeping her kid in the deaf community. It was a social decision made for the kid rather than a medical one. Hopefully it wasn't the type of treatment that could only be done in childhood so the kid would have the option choosing yes once they turned 18.
 
2013-01-12 12:52:10 AM  

BronyMedic: Encyclopedia Dramatica has a far less tactful telling of the story. (NSFW)


WTF is that? i have never heard of this place. "Ashley suffers from at least 100 types of retarded" . ???
 
2013-01-12 12:54:08 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: "Ashley suffers from at least 100 types of retarded" . ???


is where i stopped
 
2013-01-12 12:54:08 AM  

EngineerAU: Mom's reasons were strictly based on keeping her kid in the deaf community. It was a social decision made for the kid rather than a medical one. Hopefully it wasn't the type of treatment that could only be done in childhood so the kid would have the option choosing yes once they turned 18.


That's why I asked what kind of procedure it was. if it was a cochlear implant- the child would never actually have full hearing and would need extensive speech therapy, which the mother probably isn't capable of helping with since she's deaf herself. There are a lot of people in the deaf community that would rather dwell in their own community with other people they can communicate with perfectly than be outside of it with hearing people that they have a hard time communicating with.

I'm just saying... it's not that simple.
 
2013-01-12 12:55:16 AM  

EngineerAU: megalynn44: ArkAngel: "If somebody knocked on the door right now and said, 'It's a guaranteed pill. Give this to Brooke and she'll be fixed,' well first I would say to him, 'She's not broken.' And B, I would say, 'Thank you, but no thank you," Howard said in a video filmed for the "Katie" show.

The mother is a terrible person.

Came to say this

It wouldn't be the first time a parent denied treatment for a child's disability just so they'd remain emotionally attached. A few years back there was a case of a deaf child who could have regained its hearing through a surgery but the mother, who was also deaf, didn't want her kid to be able to hear because the child would no longer be part of the deaf community that the mother felt was superior to the rest of society.


If only Killer Croc had a rock. A really big rock.
 
2013-01-12 12:55:32 AM  

What_Would_Jimi_Do: BronyMedic: Encyclopedia Dramatica has a far less tactful telling of the story. (NSFW)

WTF is that? i have never heard of this place. "Ashley suffers from at least 100 types of retarded" . ???


Yea, here's a factual account of it. That Encyclopedia Dramatica one should offend anyone with a soul.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ashley_X
 
2013-01-12 12:55:59 AM  
Time for Katie Couric to grow up and stop calling herself farking Katie.
 
2013-01-12 12:57:38 AM  
Come on, only one in the world?
There's at least 500 babies born every day in Asia somewhere with grotesque mockeries of bodies that the greatest philosophers are unable to justify.
That place is God's testing ground for pain and general pestilence.

"What if... what if they're just born without skin?
Huh, you know, I haven't seen a human with their brain located in their feet yet."
 
2013-01-12 12:59:25 AM  

SuperNinjaToad: maram500: Bonanza Jellybean: [localtvwghp.files.wordpress.com image 630x354]

Who is that redhead holding her? She's a stone fox.

I'm more interested in who the black chick is, and why Meredith Viera looks like she's about to cop a feel on mom...

I would like to know myself especially since Meredith ain't in the farkin picture.


That...that's the joke, killjoy.
 
2013-01-12 12:59:54 AM  
www.filmforum.org
Not impressed...
 
2013-01-12 01:02:05 AM  

BronyMedic: Encyclopedia Dramatica has a far less tactful telling of the story. (NSFW)


Well great. I cracked up at the phrase "constantly pooping piece of kinetic art" and now my soul is damned to hell.

So... thanks for that.
 
2013-01-12 01:02:15 AM  

Walker: Click the Daily Mail link (yes, I said that) to really be freaked out. She will never age and can heal herself. She could live forever barring any accidents. She had a brain tumor that disappeared. She had a stroke with no effects, etc.


Her parents should be wary of individuals with unusual accents bearing swords. There can be only one.
 
2013-01-12 01:02:21 AM  

Bonanza Jellybean: Who is that redhead holding her? She's a stone fox.


That "stone fox" has the exact same eyes, nose, and mouth as the "panface" two to her left, to borrow lsherm's expression. Which means that in a couple of decades, that fox is almost certainly going to turn into cookware herself.

Danger, Will Robinson.
 
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