Ontlametse Phalatse dies at 18. Ontlametse Phalatse has passed away Ontlametse Phalatse‚ Progeria sufferer‚ dies at age 18. Ontlametse Phalatse‚ who became famous for her battle with a rare disease‚ has passed away. She passed away on Tuesday night at Dr George Mukhari Academic Hospital in Ga-Rankuwa, outside Pretoria.The 18-year-old was one of two South African girls living with the rare genetic disorder.Progeria causes rapid aging.
Her death comes shortly after she met President Jacob Zuma at his official residence to mark her birthday‚ which was on March 25.Phalatse had requested the meeting‚ where Zuma presented the teen with a bouquet of flowers and a birthday cake. The presidency said at the time that the Jacob G Zuma Foundation would work with the Ontlametse Phalatse Trust to grant her other wishes‚ which included a home‚ transport and improved medical care.
Babies who are born with Progeria are expected to only live up until their mid teens or early twenties.Before Phalatse died, she wanted to meet President Jacob Zuma and the President made sure that her wish was granted. “The President remains committed to fulfilling his undertaking to help the family with a house according to Ontlametse’s wishes.”Phalatse’s family is expected to release a statement later on Wednesday morning. Ontlametse Phalatse death will forever be remembered