Meet the Adult Stuck in the Body of an Eight-Year Old

Meet the Adult Stuck in the Body of an Eight-Year Old

We’re all used to thinking that growing up is a normal and indispensable phase of life. But unfortunately, there are some exceptions, as not everyone will get to enjoy the amazing process. One of those individuals is a 22-year old woman who has the looks of an 8-year-old girl.

The New York Post presents the story of Shauna Rae, a 22-year old woman who looks like an 8-year-old girl. How was such a thing possible? Shauna has dealt with a rare form of brain cancer at only six months of age. The chemotherapy she underwent prevented her from growing properly.

Measuring only three foot 10

Shauna measures only three foot ten, meaning just about the height of an 8-year-old child. She explains the obvious: because of her appearance, Shauna finds it hard to go to a bar, gym, get a tattoo, or date someone. The woman won’t get to ever have the height of an adult.

YouTube video

The trailer’s description says it all:

Shauna Rae may look like a child, but she desperately wants to be treated like an adult. Premiering on Tuesday, January 11 at 10PM ET/PT, I Am Shauna Rae follows Shauna as she navigates the extraordinary challenge of trying to live a normal adult life despite her appearance. Diagnosed with a rare form of brain cancer at six months old, Shauna’s treatment allowed for remission, but resulted in a side effect no one predicted – she stopped growing. The chemotherapy made her pituitary gland almost dormant, leaving Shauna with a childlike appearance and standing at only 3 feet and 10 inches tall– the average size of an 8-year-old. Except, Shauna is 22.

Patricia “Patty” Schrankel, the mother of Shauna, reminded of the difficult time when her daughter had brain cancer while she was just a baby. Patricia says she feels almost guilty, but she is up to protect her daughter.



Even since he was a child, Cristian was staring curiously at the stars, wondering about the Universe and our place in it. Today he's seeing his dream come true by writing about the latest news in astronomy. Cristian is also glad to be covering health and other science topics, having significant experience in writing about such fields.

One thought on “Meet the Adult Stuck in the Body of an Eight-Year Old

  1. To whom it may concern:
    Hello my name is William Tromler, I am commenting in regards to Shauna “Rae”s situation, I can relate to her frustrations in life as I myself am forever criticized, degraded, and shunned from society for the most part. I am 55 years old and have been dealing with being a so called outcast, black sheep or whatever anybody may want to portray me as. My situation as being an outcast is basically because of my beliefs and my moral standards conflicting with an immoral society for the most part. I am a Traditional American living the traditional lifestyle, as a homesteader, with a modern twist. My proposal to Shauna, or offer so to speak, is to gain independence, self sufficiency and freedom that just does not exist in society in this day and age.


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