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A 7-year-old British girl suffers from a rare genetic aging disease that causes her to age 8 times faster than normal, leaving her with the face and body of an elderly woman.

Ashanti Elliott-Smith is one of only 52 people in the world that suffers from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome, a rare disease that speeds up the aging process and is expected to cut her life expectancy down to just 12-years-old.

The young girl stands at just 3-foot 2 inches tall and is expected to have issues normally associated with the elderly including arthritis and a weakening heart.

Ashanti was a normal baby at birth but started having convulsions at three weeks old before being diagnosed.

The New York Post reports that little Ashanti lives her life as a normal 7-year-old girl and says when people stare at her, “It’s because I’m beautiful.”

By the time she’s ten she’s expected to have the body of an 80-year-old and just two more years to live.

Check out the New York Post’s coverage on Ashanti below.