Rupesh Kumar, from Hanumanganj, India, has aged eight times faster than normal due to a rare ageing disease.
His aged appearance caused such a stir that his parents were even offered money to sell him to a circus.
Mr Kumar is the oldest known survivor and weighs just over three stone. Mr Kumar started to show signs of the disease as a young boy.
His 45 year old father Ramapati Kumar, a farm laborer, said:
‘It all started with frequent headaches and stomach pains when he was very small.
‘We took him to several doctors, but none of them could diagnose his condition.
‘They prescribe a few painkillers and ask us to go home.’‘Over time, my son’s head grew abnormally big and he started shedding weight drastically.’
Around five years ago, a few people came to their village under the pretence of helping Rupesh.
His father said:
‘I thought they were good people who wanted to help with the treatment of my son.
‘But I was shocked when they said that they wanted to buy my son and exhibit him as a spectacle in a circus.
‘They offered to pay us Rs 300,000 [approximately £3,600]. I politely told them to go away. That I would never give my child away even if they had offered Rs 10,000,000 [approximately £121,000].’
‘How could they even dare to make such an inhuman offer?’
Unfortunately, Hutchinson-Gilford progeria is incurable, yet Rupesh has defied expectations by living into his twenties.
His doctor Dr Yugantar Pandey, said: ‘He is suffering from progeria and there is no cure of this disease so far.
‘Most people suffering from progeria die by the time they reach 13-15, but in some cases, like the case of Rupesh, they live up till 21.