A Vietnamese woman who was suffering with a rare aging disorder has finally had corrective surgery.

Nguyen Thi Ngoc Mai was first diagnosed with Werner syndrome at aged 10, but because of her parent’s financial constraints, was unable to undergo the necessary treatment. By age 28 not only did Nguyen have the appearance of a 70-year-old, but was having difficulty walking and was experiencing other health issues.

Last month the 28-year-old underwent plastic surgery to restore her appearance following a consultation at China Medical University Hospital in central Taiwan.

Through a translator Nguyen says: “I feel like I am being reborn and there are hopes in my life again.”

Live in Beauty, Nguyen.


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About loiswstern

I was in education for just over 20 years when I unexpectedly pursued another passion and entered the world of authors and journalists. I have since published two non-fiction, full length books on different aspects of beauty, but also avidly endorse the confluence of Inner and Outer beauty. I have written feature articles for Long Island Beauty Guide and LI Woman, and have served as Editor-at-large for MakeMeHeal.com, the largest Internet site for plastic surgery and beauty needs. I enjoy researching what's new in the world of aesthetics & anti-aging and devote one of my blogs: www.FabulousBeautyBlog.wordpress.com to sharing cutting edge, hype-free information. I devote my second blog to my other passion: writing, collecting and sharing stories to warm the spirit and inspire the soul. To this end, I have created an 'Authors Helping Authors' project/contest, to create books for inspiration, the first of which is titled: Tales 2 Inspire ~ Beyond Coincidence. It is a jewel of a book, filled with inspiring stories and full color original photos and/or drawings. If you're a talented writer with one inspiring story to share, visit www.tales2inspire.com to learn how to participate. FREE to enter. All you need is the talent and perseverance to do so. Lots of positive platform building opportunities for the winners. Learn more at: www.tales2inspire.com.

Posted on May 12, 2012, in Authentic women, Cosmetic Surgery, The Many Dimensions of Beauty, Words to Inspire and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 2 Comments.

  1. Dear Lois,

    I remember this story and was so saddened by it. Thanks for bringing the good news to readers for this unfortunate woman.

    Micki Peluso

  2. Hi Micki,

    I remember as a child seeing a little girl of maybe 4 or 5, dressed so beautifully, twirling in front of a mirror, but when I got a bit closer saw that she had the face of an old woman. I didn’t know about Werner syndrome at the time, only learned about it many years later, but that vision never left my memory.

    Thanks for stopping by.

    Lois W. Stern

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