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Sunday, May 15, 2005

Brooke Greenberg Update

Brooke in 2002Over the past 24 hours I have noticed an increase in people visiting my site looking for info on Brooke Greenberg, the 12yo girl who is not aging. I'm still not sure what the score is with this story and neither is Rick Moran over at Right Wing Nut House who has emailed WBAL who ran the story on Friday but subsequently pulled it along with practically every other site. MSNBC still has the article but has removed the images.

Looking through my referrals I came across an MSN group called Stay At Home Parents that posted a link to a Turkish article on Brooke from October 30 2002. This indicates that the article surfaces from time to time (the video that accompanied the original WBAL article showed footage from May 2001).

A search for Brooke on Google Groups returns two posts that both refer to an article in People magazine (same issue?). The first post is from Sep 9 2001 and the second is from April 19 2002.

Some sites have been asking if this is a hoax. I'm not sure. If it is a hoax it's certainly an elaborate one that has been running for at least four years. But why was it pulled from so many different news sites? Was it pulled at the request of the parents?

Update 14:35: Here's Google's cache of the original story from The Denver Channel.

Update 15:06: Japanese site with a image of Brooke in 2001 (image taken from recent Local6 article)

Update (16/05/05): An update has been posted that includes an email response from WBAL.


Update (17/05/05)
: Here's another email that someone received.


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Tobias Migge

It's not a hoax. The girl really exists. Three years ago the was a long article in a german magazine I read regulary (http://www.stern.de/ ). It's a very interesting story for me, because my son shows some of the symptoms she suffers (?) from: http://www.tobiasmigge.de/justian/ . He's five years old, is as big as a three year old child would be and weighs only 12 kg. His head is too big for his body (proportions of a six months old child). He can't walk, stand, sit or even crawl and he doesn't speak. There wasn't any development in his mental abilities since he was six months old.

Joyce

There was an article on Brook about two years ago in "People" magazine (I think). Anyway, it's certainly true..

chris

Definitely not a hoax. I still have the People magazine article from when it ran about four years ago.

Ellie

I think the reason you are seeing so much uptake on the Brooke Greenberg story is that a widely read (altho' might be a hoaxer) author Sorcha Faal on Whatdoesitmean.com wrote about this child/baby. As the authenticity of Sorcha Faal is in doubt by some, this is why so many people are looking up the story

Love,Light and Healing Tickles

Ellie

Laurie J. Martineau-Gemelli

I worked as a Respite Nurse for a family of a child who was born with Osteogenesis Imperfecta. I wonder if Brooke was tested for this? Seeing she had hip displasias, and cannot seem to support her body weight well, she scoots around using her arms exactly like the child I helped care for for ten years. There are different types,of OI, ranging from I to IV, and brittle bones is the most prominent characteristic, and dwarfism is a characteristic of the more severe types of the disease. OI is a genetic disease, most prominent from those of a Celtic or European ancestry, and occurs when one or both parents are carriers. Please pass this information on to the Greenburgs.

Sincerely,

Laurie J. Martineau-Gemelli P.N., B.T.

Pearl

It's not a hoax. Dateline NBC covered the story and you can see the video by going to www.msn.com

Sheri

THis is not a hoax, I was Brooke's special education teacher for 4 years and she still attends my school in a different classroom. She is one of a kind!

Suzie

I was reading up on a condition that is related to a cleft palate and it's called Wolf Hirschhorn Syndrome.

Brooke Prince

This defently isn't a hoax! Her older sister goes to my mother's school. The local newspaper had an article about her 13th birthday party (Bat Mitzvah). They diagnosed her with syndrome X. She the only one in the history of the world to have it. I also met her so I'm pretty convinced that its real.

alax

i was at school and i read an article about it and a first i thought it was truely sad but thn i thought she's your lil irl and u have had her for her whole lif she mqy not be older and she looks younger but u should always love her would like to ask a Q or 2 she is now 13 has she gotten any bigger and does she still have the mind of a six-month baby?
sincerly,
a friend

Zack Miller

She hasn't been diagnosed as having 'Syndrome X'. There's already an unexplained condition related to the respiratory system known as 'Syndrome X'. As of now she is undiagnosed.

TAHIRIE

I WAS LOOKING AT BROOKE GREENBERG AD AND I WILL LIKE TO KNOW MORE ABOUT IT BECAUSE I HAVE A DAUGHTER WITH THE SAME CONDITION AND I WAS TOLD SHE THE ONLY ONE WITH THIS CONDITION.

DrRFW

TAHIRIE: I am interested in hearing about your daughter. Brooke is one of my study subjects. I am evaluating the cause(s) of her condition as it relates to genes that control the process of development and aging.

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