Eggs of girl, 5, may be frozen

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THE MOTHER of a five-year-old girl who suffers from advanced growth wants her daughter's eggs frozen - and could let her become pregnant before she is a teenager.

Chelsea Casey from Bury, Greater Manchester, has an undiagnosed disorder which means she was two feet long at birth and is now five feet tall and wearing the clothes of a 10-year-old. Her mother, Ann, faces the trauma of trying to secure her daughter a normal life before the possible onset of the menopause, which could be at the age of 10.

Her mother is considering having Chelsea's eggs frozen so she could have a surrogate child later in life or she would allow her to have a baby at the age of 11 or 12 if the menopause is delayed. "I just want her to have a normal life and the chance of having a family. I have to think of these things."

She said it was possible that Chelsea could be like an old woman by the time she was in her 20s. Any baby would be fathered by a sperm donor.

Chelsea has mild learning difficulties and her speech is limited. Her condition, which has baffled medical experts, is inherited from her father, Dave.