Ontlametse Phalatse standing and smiling next to Jacob Zuma

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Jacob Zuma referred to as Ontlametse Phalatse a “courageous younger fighter”

A girl who captured the hearts of many South Africans for her courageous battle in opposition to untimely growing older dysfunction progeria has died aged 18.

Medical doctors had stated Ontlametse Phalatse wouldn’t make it previous the age of 14.

President Jacob Zuma was amongst those that conveyed their condolences to the household of “the particular little one of South Africa”. She was often known as the “First Woman” by her family and friends.

Native broadcaster Enca referred to as her the nation’s “champion of positivity”.

In a tribute her household wrote: “We’ll miss you sorely, Tsontso, our first woman. Might you discover everlasting peace among the many angels. Relaxation in Peace”.

She referred to as herself the primary woman as a result of she was the primary black lady in South Africa to be identified with progeria.


  • A genetic situation characterised by the dramatic, speedy look of growing older starting in childhood
  • Affected kids sometimes look regular at start and in early infancy
  • Later develop extra slowly than different kids and don’t achieve weight on the anticipated price
  • Impacts 1 in four million
  • Attributable to a genetic mutation
  • Mother and father who’ve a baby with progeria, have a 2-Three% likelihood of getting one other little one with the situation
  • Common life expectancy is about 13 years
  • There isn’t a treatment.

Sources: Medical Information At this time, US Nationwide Library of Medication, Mayo Clinic