Bad Prescription Makes a 23-Year-Old Woman Look 50 Years Older!
Nguyen Thi Phuong was a beautiful, newly married, 23 year old woman when her doctor switched her medications. Nguyen had been suffering from an itchy allergic reaction to seafood, and her old medication wasn’t quite taking care of the problem. In hind sight, we’re sure she‘d rather live with the itching – within days of beginning this new treatment, her skin began to sag and wrinkle!
Her friends and neighbors say that Nguyen, now 26, is unrecognizable from her pictures taken just 3 years ago. In fact, she appears to have aged 50 years! Her black hair and voice are the only signs of her true age.
Fortunately, doctors, who have been scrambling to find some answer to this extraordinary reaction think they may have found one. Lipodystrophy is an exceedingly rare condition that causes the layer of fatty tissue beneath the skin to disintegrate while the skin itself continues to grow rapidly. With treatment, doctors predict a 50 to 70% recovery in her skin. However, testing is still needed to determine if this is indeed the cause of Nguyen’s aging.
In the meantime, Nguyen feels very lucky to have the continued support of her husband. Though the couple has decided to postpone having children, she tells reporters “He still loves me like before despite the fact that I look old and ugly. With him, I feel more confident to live and work."
Photo Credit: Tuoi Tre News