The Little Monk

Heather Friedman

San Diego, United States

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I met this three foot tall Vietnamese monk, Venerable Thich Nhuan Phap at a special event at The Buddha For You shop in San Diego January 4, 2014.
He is known as The Little Monk, and holds the Guinness record for being the tiniest Buddhist Calligrapher.
He suffers from Progeria, which is an accelerated aging illness. The majority of these children die in their teens. Phap is 30 years old. He may very well be the oldest living Progeria victim in the world

“Dedicated to all Progeria sufferers…may they be respected and loved”
Progeria is an extremely rare genetic disease of childhood characterized
by dramatic, premature aging. The condition, which derives its name from “geras,”
the Greek word for old age, is estimated to affect one in 4 million newborns worldwide.
While possessing normal intelligence, affected children develop a distinctive appearance
characterized by baldness, aged-looking skin, a pinched nose, and a small face
and jaw relative to head size. They also often suffer from symptoms typically
seen in much older people: stiffness of joints, hip dislocations and severe,
progressive cardiovascular disease.
Death occurs on average at age 13, usually from heart attack or stroke.

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