By Mirembe Martina
8 year old Gabby Williams with a rare condition leads him not to age at all.
At 8 years, Gabby still has features of a new born baby ranging from her skin, hair and character. Gabby from Billings, Mont. weighs only 11 pounds and her condition slows her rate of aging. Gabby’s condition is shared by two other people. A 29-year-old Florida man has the body of a 10-year-old, and a 31-year-old Brazilian woman is the size of a 2-year-old; they all do not grow old.
In reference to condition, a medical researcher, Richard F. Walker said, “In some people, something happens to them and the development process is retarded. The rate of change in the body slows and is negligible.” Walker is retired from the University of Florida Medical School and now does his research at All Children’s Hospital in St. Petersburg. “My whole career has been focused on the aging process,” he said. “My fixation has been not on the consequences but the cause of it.”
Gabby’s mother, 38 year old Margaret Williams said her daughter has not changed since birth apart from growing a little bit longer. “Gabrielle hasn’t changed since pretty much forever. She has gotten a little longer and we have jumped into putting her in size 3-6 month clothes instead of 0-3 months for the footies. Last time we weighed her she was up a pound to 11 pounds and she’s gotten a few more haircuts. Other than that, she hasn’t changed much since the  show.”
Williams is a part-time at a dermatologist’s office while her husband is a corrections officer for the state. “We’ve been on this journey to find out, are my other children at any risk in having a child like Gabrielle,” said Williams, who has five other children between the ages of 1 and 10. “We did find out with Dr. Walker when he did the [gene] sequencing that it’s not something we can pass on but just an abnormality, a mutated gene that was just happenstance. That was a relief for us.”
Gabby is being used in research designed to help people struggling with the impairments of old age. “Alzheimer’s is one of the scariest diseases out there,” said Williams. “If what Gabrielle holds inside of her would find a cure — for sure we would be a part of the research project. We have faith that Dr. Walker and the scientific community do find something focused more on the disease of aging, rather than making you 35 for the rest of your life.”
As for Gabby’s life span, doctors are not sure. “From the time of her birth, we didn’t think she would be with us very long,” said her mother. “The fact is she is now going on 9 years. She kind of surpassed my expectations from the get go. It’s not something I worry about. When he is ready to take her back, it will be sad,” she said. “But what a glorious thing it will be for Gabby to go to heaven one day. I know it will happen, but I am not hoping it’s any day soon.”
Gabby’s story has become a sensation after TLC it back in 2011 in a documentary called “My 40-Year-Old Child.” The hour-long documentary also profiled 40-year-old Nicky Freeman, an Australian man with the appearance of a 10-year-old.