Schoolgirl, 10, looks like a 60-year-old woman due to rare ageing condition

This schoolgirl from Cambodia is only 10 but looks like a 60-year-old woman.

Bo Rakching was born with wrinkled and sagging skin in 2009 giving her the appearance of an ageing woman but the youngster still has the physique of a child and stands at the same height as her brother, Chea, 11, and other youngsters her age.

Bo appears to be suffering from lipodystrophy or cutis laxa, rare degenerative conditions that can give the appearance of premature ageing.

Sadly, the youngster has never received treatment and is taunted by the other children in her remote village on the outskirts of Phnom Penh, Cambodia.

Relatives and local monks have lead Bo to believe that her appearance is because of bad karma she is carrying from a past life - one of the fundamental teachings of Buddhism.

Bo said that when she rides her bike the other kids yell ''old folk'' at her while even her siblings call her ''grandmum'' instead of sister. The youngster now dreams of having plastic surgery to ''make her pretty''.

Rare condition

Footage shows Bo speaking to a local monk on August 1 who agrees with her that she has ''still not cleared the bad path from her life''. Asked if she feels shy and embarrassed, she says ''yes'' but admits she has never asked her mother for treatment.

She said: ''I want the pretty face. I want to have surgery. The other children call me 'old folk'.

''Among all my brothers and sisters, I am the only one with an old face. They all have young faces. They do not call me sister, they call me grandmom.''

Bo said that she has asked them to stop calling her names but they continue to taunt her. The monk, who confirmed she is ten years old and studies at the local school in Grade 1, encourages her to stand up to the bullies. But the devout Buddhist, named Voeun, told her that her appearance is down to a ''bad path'' from a previous life which is still haunting her to this day.

In the video, Bo appears to agree and says that she ''was shot in a previous life'' and has ''not cleared the bad path yet''.

She said: ''My mum had a dream and saw that she took a flower which had already bloomed, then she gave birth to me with the old face.''

Monk Voeun adds: ''I feel pity for her. When we are born, we always studied about the bad path. People were born in this place or that place based on the good or bad path that have taken before.

''Remain on the bad path, then when you clear all the bad path away, you will become pretty.''

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