10 TEENS You WON'T Believe Exist
Age doesn’t necessarily determine the life a person has had. Just because someone may be a teenager doesn't mean they aren't accomplished or worth getting to know. These 10 teens may be young, but they have some incredible stories worth telling.
Angela may be in her 20's now, but her unbelievable story started when she was 14-years-old when she found herself on a Stanford University research team that sought to further research a cancer-fighting nanoparticle. By 17-years-old, Angela had shared the nanotechnology research with U.S. President Obama, won awards at the 2011 Intel International Science and Engineering Fair and the 2011 Siemens Competition in Math, Science & Technology, and, along with her team, determined that the iron oxide-gold nanoparticle would bind to cancer cells, possibly increasing the efficiency of chemotherapy drugs.
Not every incredible teenager needs to have something physically or medically different about them. Sometimes it’s more about what they “bring to the table,” as they say. For Brittany Wenger, it all started at 17-years-old when she submitted an artificial brain technology that detects breast cancer in tissue into the Google Science Fair. The technology won her the grand prize, but Wenger's story is about so much more than winning. Her artificial brain is a remarkable leap in cancer diagnostics and could eventually make misdiagnoses a thing of the past. The teenager's audacity has led to her being named one of Time's "30 under 30" and launching her own cancer research application Cloud4Cancer.
At 15-years-old, Fu Wengui was unlike any teenager that you've seen, and it's all due to Marfan syndrome, or congenital scoliosis, which caused his neck to be elongated by three extra vertebrae. The ten total vertebrae not only altered Fu's physical appearance but also makes everyday living difficult due to incredible pain and impaired movement. As one can expect, going out in public proves a difficult task for the teen thanks to the cruel nature of man, but that didn’t stop him from attempting to have a normal life. In 2014, Fu was scheduled to undergo surgery, though no public update seems to have been given on his status.
Ali Hussain Khan
About 16,000 miles east of Magali is another incredible case of progeria, a 17-year-old boy named Ali Hussain Khan who ages at a rate of eight times faster than the average person. In 2013, at age 14, Ali was the last of his five brothers and sisters, all of whom suffered and died from the rare disease. While life expectancy usually tops off at around 13 to 14 years old, Ali's oldest siblings, sister Rehana and brother Ikramul, survived to 22 and 24 years old, respectively. With a positive outlook, Ali continues to live as normal a life as he can in the poor state of Bihar.
Magali Gonzalez Sierra
Some disorders simply make you look older. Others, like Hutchinson-Gilford progeria, actually attack the body, causing it to age prematurely to the point where living past 13-years-old is unheard of. In January of 2016, Magali Gonzalez Sierra of Colombia and sufferer of the aging disease celebrated her 15th birthday, much to the surprise of her doctors. The tiny girl has the body of someone 90-years-old, suffers from premature balding, and is extremely frail, but none of that stopped her from enjoying her quinceanera, complete with a carriage ride and a towering crown.
Looking at 16-year-old Zara, you may think she's somewhere in the age-range of her late-40's, the unfortunate effects of a condition known as lipodystrophy. The disorder causes fat to dissolve beneath the body's tissue, causing skin to wrinkle prematurely and giving sufferers an aged look. At 16-years-old, Zara underwent plastic surgery to make her look younger and curb bullying and harassment. After her mother, Terry - who also suffers from lipodystrophy - received the same surgery, Zara resurfaced again. While the surgery worked wonders, the young girl still shows signs of wrinkled skin, though not as drastic as three years prior.
Sometimes as a teenager, there are few things more important than your popularity. That's the sad school of thought that then-17-year-old Ellen Lietzow fell into that almost killed her. After inadvertently losing weight during training for the swim team, Ellen found herself gaining more and more friends. As you can expect, she correlated her weight loss with her newfound popularity and turned to a hefty workout regimen paired with a poor diet. At the height of her anorexia, Ellen was barely eating more than the skin of an apple and dropped down to 77 pounds or 35 kilograms. Ellen suffered a seizure and was rushed to the hospital where medical staff struggled to keep her alive after a week of no food. After recovering, Ellen overcame her anorexia and turned to Instagram and YouTube to inspire others.
18-year-old Alexandra Allen is a teenager like any other, though she shares an odd similarity to the aliens of M. Night Shyamalan's Signs. She experiences an adverse reaction to contact with the basic compound of 2 hydrogen molecules and 1 oxygen molecule. That's water, for those that haven't hit chemistry yet. At the age of 12, Alexandra experienced her first outbreak of hives after swimming in a pool and, 3 years later, along with her dermatologist, determined she suffered from aquagenic urticaria. Not technically an allergy, Alexandra has learned to live with her disorder, as there doesn't seem to be a cure anytime soon.
Looking at 17-year-old Marnie Harvie, you'd wonder just what exactly landed her on this list of unbelievable teens. Did she accomplish some impossible feat? Maybe she saved a box of kittens from a burning building? Or, perhaps, the youthful girl suffers from a condition that is so rare and unheard of that doctors don't even know where to start. Without warning, Marnie's ears, nose, and eyes will bleed. Accompanied only by headaches and migraines, doctors have struggled to locate the cause as MRIs and other scans have proven fruitless. Since Marnie feels the profuse bleeding is disturbing to others, she has dropped out of college and otherwise put her life on hold.
Lee Hee Danae
Back in April of 2015, a new internet sensation arose. It wasn't some quirky YouTube video, but rather an otherwise simple 15-year-old Chinese girl. What separated this girl from the rest was that she allegedly went above and beyond with the sole intention of winning back her ex. Lee Hee Danae claims to have gone under the knife to alter her appearance, making her, as some have said, "too beautiful to look at." Maybe we're a little out of the loop, but aren't dolls terrifying? Is that really the route to go to win back an ex? Regardless of whether or not it worked, Lee Hee became a temporary internet queen, amassing about 320,000 followers on China's version of Facebook, Weibo.