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5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and now menopause at 5

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A little girl who grew breasts when she was just 2 years and started her period at age 4 is now going through menopause at just 5 years old.

Little Emily Dover was born a normal baby and even weighed less than her older siblings did at birth but as the weeks went by, she suddenly began experiencing “exceptional” growth and also suffered from “constant health issues”.

At 4 months, Emily was as tall as a 1-year-old. She was still a toddler when she developed cystic acne, breast buds and strong body odour and this left her parents shocked. The first time she saw her period when she was 4 years old, she had no idea what it was and thought she had pooed in her undies. The little child was then taught how to put panty liners on for menstruating.

“My foo foo is bleeding,” Emily tells her parents whenever she gets her period.

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

Within the past 12 months, she has grown hair on her forehead, back and vagina. Now aged 5, she is going through menopause and all the other often distressing side effects that older women experience.

Her mum, Tam Dover from Gosford in Australia, said her beautiful daughter is body conscious and aware that she is different from other children her age but she can’t understand why.

Recalling the moment Emily started menstruating, Tam, 41, said: “Because she has trouble toileting, she thought she had done a poo in her undies. We used panty liners and it didn’t last more than a day.”

She added: “She only had her period again the other day. She hasn’t even had a chance to be a little girl. She’s having to learn how to put panty liners on for menstruating.”

She continued: “It’s difficult to explain to her what is happening. She knows she’s different, she knows she’s much bigger than other children. She’s very conscious of her body.”

Emily, who weighs around seven stone, was born perfect “in every way”. She was smaller than her older siblings had been at birth.But after just a week, things took a turn for the worse. She became unsettled, started crying out in pain and had difficulty sleeping. She also started growing, rapidly.

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

Tam, who is also a mum to a 22-year-old and 20-year-old said: “Emily is my youngest child and she was also my smallest baby after birth. She was 8lbs. The child before her was 10lbs. The first week was pretty normal. After that, (things) turned quite bad, she wasn’t sleeping well, was in pain.”

She was finally diagnosed with Addisons disease this summer after years of doctor’s trips and tests. The disorder means her adrenal glands don’t produce enough steroid hormones. She also has central precocious puberty – where puberty starts too early in children – congenital adrenal hyperplasia and autism spectrum disorder. And she has sensory processing disorder and anxiety disorder.

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

When Emily began suffering from constant health issues at four months of age, doctors told the parents that the bouts of sickness and infections was likely a virus contracted at daycare. She also started complaining of painful breasts and stomach cramps and her family was referred to the Pediatric Acute Care Unit at Wyong Hospital. At the hospital, a series of tests were run and Emily’s hormone levels came back as though she was a pregnant woman, according to her mum.

“Emily was then 3 years of age; she had breast buds, strega on her legs, excess body hair, and acne,” said Tam, who works in a local public hospital. “Something was very wrong with our little girl.”

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

Despite the tests, Emily’s conditions were reportedly so complex that medics were unable to give a “definite answer”. She was considered a “diagnostic challenge” by medics and was in “constant pain” from her growth. She was eventually diagnosed with Addisons disease and is due to start her treatment of hormone replacement therapy that is a 3 monthly injection.

Tam said: “It is $1,455 (£1,105) per shot, and will throw her into menopause, with all the side effects that 50+ year old women have, and as we are both working, we are not entitled to health care /pension card rebates. So this treatment, along with her other many appointments and therapies, are covered by us solely. We work full time each and each time Emily is sick, it is days off, mostly without pay, as we have exhausted all of our leave entitlements.”

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

Like other girls her age, Emily wants to wear ball gowns, dress up and run around. But she still struggles to go to the toilet independently. Tam said although she and Matt, a security guard, don’t have a lot of family around them, they are “blessed with some close friends”.

“But through this we are mostly alone,” she added.

The couple are said to be “at a loss financially”, unable to raise money for all of the treatment their daughter desperately needs. Her parents Tam and Matt, 40, have created a Go Fund Me page to help with her medical expenses.

“What we are hoping is to raise some much needed money to get Emily more treatments and to cover the costs of her on going medical care,” Tam wrote.

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

Since setting up the GoFundMe page a couple of weeks ago, Emily’s family have been approved a health card which will help with the cost of medication. But “it still doesn’t provide access to NDIS (Australia’s National Disability Insurance Scheme) services.”

Tam added that, today, her daughter regularly suffers from “very painful” bone growth, sore and itchy breasts and sensory issues. Some days, she wakes up with swellings on her wrists and ankles.

Due to her condition, Emily suffers bullying at daycare and will soon have to face “being the different kid” at primary school and her parents fear that already.

More photos of Emily at different stages of her life below.

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 55-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 55-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

5-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 55-year-old girl grew breasts at 2, started her period at 4 and is now going through menopause at age 5

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Ahmed Musa fires to revive Nigeria, Argentina hope.

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Ahmed Musa scored both goals as Nigeria swept aside World Cup debutants Iceland to leave Group D intriguingly poised with one round of games to go.

The Super Eagles would have gone out with defeat but came good in Volgograd.

Musa showed superb technique to fire Nigeria ahead on the half-volley before the Leicester player rounded keeper Hannes Thor Halldorsson to make it 2-0.

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Iceland missed a late penalty awarded after a video assistant referee review, Gylfi Sigurdsson firing over.

The result gives a slight lift to beleaguered group rivals Argentina. Victory over Nigeria in their final game would see La Albiceleste safely into the last 16 – as long as Iceland do not beat group leaders Croatia. In that event, goal difference would decide who progressed.

Victory in that game for Nigeria, on the other hand, would now guarantee their progress. Having started the day bottom of the group, they find themselves second – three points behind Croatia, who have already qualified for the knockout stage.Ahmed

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Last gasp Coutinho, Neymar goals lifts Brazil’s hope

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Brazil managed to beat Costa Rica 2-0 in their second game in Group E of the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia at Volgograd Arena on Friday afternoon.

Both nations were looking for a win as Costa Rica came into this match at the back of 1-0 defeat against Serbia whilst the Selecao drew against Switzerland on Sunday.

Costa Rica had a glorious opportunity to take the lead when they attacked through Celso Borges, but he failed to direct the ball into an empty net in the 13th minute.

Although they had the favourites tag, the Brazilians failed to create chances. They did manage to find the back of the net in the 26th minute through Gabriel Jesus, but he was ruled offside.

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 Following that disallowed goal, Tite’s troops piled pressure on the opposite defence, but Marcelo’s shot was collected by Keylor Navas in the 41st minute.

Despite more attacking from the 2014 hosts, there were no goals to show for their efforts at the interval.

Upon their return from the interval, Brazil continued to attack with Neymar failing to lower his effort as he blasted over the cross bar on the hour mark.

Towards the 80th minute, Neymar continued to cause all sorts of problems for Costa Rica and he looked like he was pulled in the box, but the VAR referees disagreed.

The Brazilians would break the deadlock in the 90th minute through Philippe Coutinho when he pounced on a loose ball in the box, 1-0.

Right in the injury time, Neymar made it 2-0 when he easily tapped in a cross from the right wing and ensured they bagged their first win in the group.

In the wake of the win, the Brazilians move to the top of the table with four points leaving Costa Rica at at the bottom with zero points.

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Malawi to Consider a New Typhoid Vaccine

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Representative of the World Health Organization (WHO) Aziza Mwisongo has advised the Ministry of health to speedily consider adopting for the new typhoid vaccine.

Mwisongo said Typhoid is an epidemic in Malawi, with research showing that more than 16,000 cases are reported every year.

Mwisongo was speaking in Mponela on Wednesday during a workshop organized by Program for Appropriate Technology in Health (PATH) to brief health practitioners on the importance of the new typhoid vaccine called Typbar-TCV.

She said drug resistance has caused typhoid incidence in Malawi to increase over the past years and an estimated 64 percent of typhoid cases and 67 percent of typhoid deaths occur in children under 15 years of age.

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“While typhoid is rarely fatal, the recovery is long and difficult, the disease takes time, money, and productivity from those infected and their families it is associated with numerous, long-term complications,” she said

She said the Typbar-TCV is a typhoid conjugate vaccine (TCV) and is effective in the sense that it has a longer lasting protection, require fewer doses, and reduces the need for antibiotics, slow further emergence of drug-resistant typhoid strains and save lives.

Mwisongo said the vaccine is suitable for children 6 months of age and older, and offers protection for at least 3 years to adults and infants over 6 months of age.

“In Malawi, TyVAC and project partners are studying how well TCVs prevent typhoid in children between 9 months and 12 years of age as well as the safety, impact, and cost of the vaccine,” she said

She added, “While the WHO already recommends TCV introduction in all typhoid epidemic countries, this additional evidence will help inform ongoing decisions about TCV vaccination in low and middle income countries.”

Deputy Director in the Ministry of Health and population responsible for immunology Matthew Kagoli acknowledged the importance of the typhoid vaccine saying the disease was serious in the country because it affected people in communities as outbreaks.

Kagoli said with the available data it is undoubtedly true that the country needs the vaccine, but further consultations have to be done before adopting the vaccine in the country.

“The vaccine is important and the country will benefit from it but further and thorough consultations need to be done before we take a stand as a country regarding the vaccine,” he said

Typhoid is an enteric fever caused by Salmonella Typhi, it is spread through contaminated food and water and is a substantial public health issue in Asia, Sub-Saharan Africa.

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