A Special Edition of “20/20 Saturday” Airing Saturday, January 19 at 8pm on ABC

By Alyssa Bernstein

Jan 17, 2013 12:02pm

Jazz is a typical 11-year-old girl except for one thing — she was born as a boy.  From the moment she could speak, Jazz sensed that she was trapped in the wrong body and decided to dress and live as a little girl.  Her parents made the controversial decision to support her choice.  ABC News started covering her story when she was five.  Now, a tween, Jazz stands at a new crossroads in her brave decision to define life on her terms: boys and dating, medicine and the ultimate surgery to become fully female.  Jazz and her family speak candidly to Barbara Walters on a Special Edition of “20/20 SATURDAY” airing on JANUARY 19 (8:00-9:00 p.m., ET) on ABC. 

And: What happens to a family when a child’s birth becomes a medical mystery?  Walters updates a report on two vibrant young girls who suffer from a rapid aging disease called progeria, a fatal condition that currently affects 68 known children in the world. The disease causes children to age at 10 times the normal rate.  It is incredibly rare – occurring in only one in four to eight million births.  On average, children die at the age of 13. But now, a breakthrough medical treatment is adding hope, and hopefully even years, to their lives. (OAD: 9/10/10)

Plus:  Jay Schadler has the story of a paralyzed young man, his new wife and their unforgettable first wedding dance.

David Sloan is executive producer of “20/20″.


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