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Reisterstown's Unaging Miracle Baby Dies at Age 20

Although she lived to be 20, Reisterstown resident Brooke Greenberg's body stopped aging when she was a toddler.

Reisterstown resident Brooke Greenberg, who had a very rare, unknown disorder that stopped her baby from aging as a toddler, died at the age of 20 on Oct. 24.
Reisterstown resident Brooke Greenberg, who had a very rare, unknown disorder that stopped her baby from aging as a toddler, died at the age of 20 on Oct. 24.
Brooke Greenberg, of Reisterstown, baffled doctors when she stopped physically developing more than 15 years ago, when she was a toddler.  Greenberg died on Oct. 24 at the age of 20.

Brooke suffered from significant medical problems, especially in the first five years of her life. She was on a feeding tube most of her life and was not able to walk or talk.

According to her family, Brooke was loved and adored by many, and she returned the love.

Brooke, who looked and acted like a toddler her entire life, attended the Ridge Ruxton School in Towson. 

Doctors were not only baffled by Brooke, they were also intrigued by the science behind her development. Scientists studied Brooke's DNA in hopes of learning more about human aging and extending youth, according to the New York Daily News.

The daughter of Howard and Melanie Greenberg, Brooke had three sisters -- Emily, Caitlin, and Carly.

Brooke was buried at Baltimore Hebrew Cemetery.

Contributions in her memory may be sent to Sinai Hospital, c/o LifeBridge Health, Department of Development, 2401 W. Belvedere Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21215 (please designate: The Herman & Walter Samuelson Children's Hospital) or Baltimore Hebrew Congregation, 7401 Park Heights Avenue, Baltimore, MD 21208.

G. October 31, 2013 at 03:00 PM
My prayers are with the family - so glad you have great memories!!!!
P kuhlman October 31, 2013 at 03:11 PM
Peg Lyons October 31, 2013 at 04:38 PM
Emily and Marshall Sam--this posting is not the place for your hurtful remarks. Yes, it is your right to have an opinion and to express it but common sense and decency should be your guide. Grieving parents and family need support, not criticism. I know this because I have lost a child. You obviously have not.
Ronna Gruskin October 31, 2013 at 06:27 PM
Rest in Peace Brooke.
Common Sense October 31, 2013 at 06:33 PM
“If ever there is tomorrow when we're not together... there is something you must always remember. you are braver than you believe, stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. But the most important thing is, even if we're apart... I'll always be with you.” ― Winnie the Pooh
Lyndsey Guyer October 31, 2013 at 06:55 PM
Your story has touched my heart...thanks for sharing your courageous journey with your beautiful daughter, Brooke.
Tabitha WinterFlame October 31, 2013 at 07:20 PM
Sorry for the loss of a wonder daughter and sister. May The God of comfort be with them. But one day they will see her again in the wonderful hope the bible gives of a resurrection. John 5:28,29 and Acts 24:15. And she is not suffering no more either. Ecclesiastes 9:5,10. Hope this gives you so much comfort and ones that is reading this also who have loss someone you love in death.
Cindy Halpern November 01, 2013 at 09:55 AM
I had a DNA test just to test my ethnic heritage. I am 95% Jewish European. What this means is my ancestors lived in Jewish ghettos for centuries and the same families married each other. In poor Brooke's case, the same DNA genes in her caused her to have problems. Marrying into different families is better for the DNA. Of course we are talking centuries ago, but it is not always good to keep marrying into the same ethnic group. Both my brothers died from Muscular Dystrophy and my late sister was retarded. I was the only normal child. My mother had a brother with Muscular Dystrophy and her sister was retarded. My great-grandmother died of obesity and so did my retarded sister. So far, my grandson, at 7, is healthy, he has no Muscular Dystrophy, is of a normal weight, and is intelligent.
Alicia78 November 01, 2013 at 10:48 AM
Doctors don't know what caused her condition, but you feel that you know what did and, yet, you have never studied her condition. You are making an assumption. Just like you made the assumption that you are the only normal person in your family...you're far from normal. RIP Brooke. Condolences and Prayers to the family of this beautiful girl.
Julie Mortenson November 01, 2013 at 12:14 PM
This article is basically an obituary for this young girl who has passed away. It is not a place to judge. Until you've walked in someone else's shoes it is best to keep it to yourself.
Julie Mortenson November 01, 2013 at 12:15 PM
My sincere condolences for Brooke's passing. She was the light of the family. May you seek comfort in God's peace.
Lisa Dawson November 02, 2013 at 01:18 AM
What a beautiful life Brooke shared with a loving family. We should all be as fortunate, kind and loving as the Greenberg's. Rest in peace Brookie and sincerest condolences to Howard and Melanie Greenberg, -- Emily, Caitlin, and Carly. <3
Ben Russell November 02, 2013 at 01:59 AM
bless the Greenberg family this breaks my heart to hear the passing of brooke I watched the story god bless you all
greenthumb221 November 02, 2013 at 09:16 AM
What a beautiful and special girl Brooke was. My heart goes out to the Greenberg family. I know they loved Brooke with all their hearts. God knows what families to give special children to. The Greenbergs are indeed special.
Maria Valltos-Turner November 02, 2013 at 12:04 PM
I watched Brooke's courageous story and it was wonderful to see all the love beautiful Brooke gave and received, what an AMAZING family. My heart felt condolences go out to Howard, Melanie, Emily, Caitlin, and Carly. Rest in peace Brooke!!
Jeannie Heath November 02, 2013 at 01:20 PM
Blessings to this amazing family, you define love and that will carry on. Rest in peace young lady.
Paula Denomme November 02, 2013 at 03:19 PM
My deepest sympathy. She was a beautiful young lady and I know she brought you 20 years of happiness. RIP Brookie
Rachel November 02, 2013 at 10:22 PM
God bless her family and the teachers and nurses.
ba November 03, 2013 at 11:00 AM
Rest in peace, shayna maidela. May your memory be for a blessing. Your greatest gift was giving others the opportunity to love so deeply. Come back to us, whole and vibrant.
RMinOH November 03, 2013 at 01:39 PM
The science person in me is curious to know if/how her thyroid and other endocrine glands (particularly the hypothalamus and pitiutary glands) were functioning. The parent in me mourns her loss. RIP Brooke, and many condolences to her family and friends.
Jean Hayes November 04, 2013 at 04:23 PM
I agree Emily, it is really kind of cruel, and the impact it has on the whole family.
Mrs L November 04, 2013 at 07:11 PM
Whaty a beautiful family- every one of them. As a special Ed teacher I absolutely love what Brooke's teacher said to that wonderful amazing Mom. "You brought her into this world and I will bring the world to her." Music to that Mom's ears I am sure. And true. Beautiful. Brooke was truly loved and I hope her family can be at peace knowing she is truly and angel in heaven and doing everything up there! God Bless.
Jen November 05, 2013 at 02:05 AM
Oh my goodness. Emily, Cindy, and RMinOH.....GROW UP! Your comments are completely disrespectful and inappropriate for this posting and in all honestly should be deleted from the webpage. Cindy, your completely incoherent ranting about DNA and inbreeding and your "retarded" family members (I do NOT like that word to begin with!) but might explain your complete lack of respect for this posting. My thoughts and prayers are with this family. I'm sure Brooke was an absolute delight. Love and hugs
Lori Grayson November 05, 2013 at 09:24 AM
My prayers to the family. What a great loss. As the mother of a special needs child, I know the light they bring into your life. She was a such a sweetie. I can't imagine the loss you all must feel. Peace and love to you all.
Gwen Schauble November 05, 2013 at 03:09 PM
What a beautiful Love story. Shalom
Shemara Daye November 05, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Condolences to this family and may this child rest in peace. For those of you who take the time to criticize someone else about their comment is no better than the commenter. All of these posts are meant to help someone so stop judging them and stay with your own comments to the family.
Chenita Leblanc November 06, 2013 at 12:58 PM
I send you our deepest condolences from New Orleans, LA for you and for your family. We will continue to uplift you in prayer.
Lisa Houston November 06, 2013 at 09:47 PM
Rest in peace Brooke the angels will comfort you.
Christine McComas November 11, 2013 at 11:26 AM
Peace and healing to the whole Greenberg family. It is clear that you have raised a family filled with love. Thank you for sharing a bit of your beautiful Brooke with the rest of us.
Liz Trainer March 06, 2014 at 06:28 PM
Brooke proved the doctors wrong by surviving when doctors did not expect her to live past birth.She was a fighter and survived for 20 years.She was a special and beautiful young lady despite her condition.I was shocked to hear that she died last year.My thoughts and prayers are with her family.You will be missed Brooke.May you R.I.P


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