Short skirt, high heels, long flowing hair, skinny figure - from the back she looks like any other young woman. But as soon as she turns around, people are terrified.
Everything started 21 years ago when Irina Nezhentseva noticed deep wrinkles on the face of her newborn daughter, Katya. The baby’s face was aging significantly not only day by day, but hour by hour. Doctors diagnosed Katya with progeria, and were sure the little one wouldn't live longer than a year. Irina's husband, scared of his own daughter’s condition, abandoned both mother and child: "I can't stand this kid" - was the last thing he had to say to Irina about their little girl.
But despite all the doctors’ prognoses, Katya continued to grow like any other healthy child. As she grew however, she had to endure teasing and insults from other children "grandma, why are you wearing a mini skirt" or "why are you pretending to be a kid, granny?!" Whenever she heard such cruel words, Katya would burst into tears.
But it was only when she finally had to go to school that Katya fully realized how different she was from the other kids. "Here I realized, that I'm not like others. Whenever I turned around everyone was scared of me,” she says. “I kept asking myself, what have I done to deserve all this? But I didn't find any answers. Then I thought, I could win people over not with my face, but with my knowledge, cleverness, charm, and my kindness. I’m sure that the most important thing in a person is the soul.”
And that is exactly what she did. And the amazing thing is that people responded. Katya became a favorite at school, and anyone caught trying to bully her was quickly confronted by her many friends. "I accepted myself and learnt how to love myself. Think about it - there are only 20 other people like me in the whole world! That’s actually interesting!"
... Katya met her husband Denis in an unexpected way: he called her by mistake, having dialed the wrong number. They talked, agreed to meet and soon a romance began. When the couple decided to get married, Katya was the happiest bride you will ever see!
Soon, the couple had more news: Katya was expecting their first child! Skeptics criticized her decision to even consider having children, but Denis and Katya knew what they wanted. 9 months later they welcomed a beautiful healthy son into the world!