Hana Hwang Loses Progeria Battle at Age 15

Hana Hwang Loses Progeria Battle at Age 15

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Dressed in a traditional Korean gown called "Han Book," surrounded in her open casket by dozens of tiny stuffed penguins, fifteen-year-old Hana Hwang was remembered today as a determined and generous spirit who always ended up supporting and carrying the very people who came around to help support her.

Hana passed away January 24 from complications of Progeria, a condition in which a genetic mutation causes accelerated aging. 

Hana's passing follows two years of false online rumors of her death.    Hana addressed those rumors and how she coped with them in a 2012  Fox 11 special report .

In the story she also shared her views on being different, the possibility of dying young, and why she might like to be reincarnated as a penguin.

Hana is survived by her Mother Kyung Sook, her brother Howard, and her father, Richard Hwang.   

To learn more about Progeria go to the Progeria Research Foundation at www.progeriaresearch.org   For more on Children's Hospital Los Angeles go to http://www.chla.org/

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