The dream of writing her own book, Old Before My Time: Hayley Okines’ life with progeria and seeing it printed has come true for Hayley Okines, the 13-year-old schoolgirl born with the rare genetic condition progeria.
Hayley, who has appeared on the Channel 5 programme Extraordinary People and numerous documentaries, visited CPI Mackays in Chatham to see her autobiography on press. Accompanied by her mum, Kerry, Hayley helped on the binding line and was presented with her own personalised hi-vis vest by the team.
The visit was filmed by a crew from Rabbit Productions as part of a documentary about Hayley’s extraordinary life, to be screened on Channel 5.
Hayley’s body ages eight times faster than the average person. In medical terms, her body is that of a 100-year-old woman. Despite her condition, Hayley lives life to the full, travelling the world meeting her pop heroes Kylie, Girls Aloud and Justin Bieber. In her book, Old Before My Time, she reflects on her adventures as well as her hopes for the future and her pioneering drug trials in America.
Thanking everyone at CPI Mackays, Hayley said: ‘I’ve had a fantastic day – it was really strange seeing my face going round the factory on thousands of my books’.