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Tributes as '100-year-old teen' Hayley Okines dies

By Ben Mitchell

Published 04/04/2015

Campaigner: Hayley Okines
Campaigner: Hayley Okines

A campaigner who raised awareness of the condition progeria which causes those affected to age eight times faster has died at the age of 17.

The death of Hayley Okines, from East Sussex, who became known as the "100-year-old teenager", was announced by her mother Kerry.

She said: "My baby has gone somewhere better. She took her last breath in my arms at 9.39pm."

The Progeria Research Foundation said: "The entire progeria family mourns together with many as we say goodbye to Hayley Okines, our smart, beautiful and spirited English rose, who passed away today at age 17. Gone from our sight, but never our memories, gone from our touch but never our hearts."

Hayley and her family had raised money for her treatment and to raise public understanding of the condition, and she published her autobiography at the age of 14 called Old Before My Time.

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