A Two-Year-Old Girl ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ With A Rᴀʀᴇ Fᴏʀᴍ Oꜰ ᴅᴡᴀʀꜰɪsᴍ ᴡᴇɪɢʜs Just 7lbs Like A Doll
Abigail Lee is two years old but ᴡᴇɪɢʜs just 7lb, wears clothes made to fit newborn babies and can sit in her doll’s furniture. She has a ʀᴀʀᴇ Fᴏʀᴍ ᴏF ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ called Microcephali. Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism Type II meaning that she’ll only grow to around 24 inches tall.
Mum Emily Lee, 25, from Louisiana, USA, found out her baby wasn’t growing at the ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟ ʀᴀᴛᴇ while she was pregnant and when Abigail was born ᴠɪᴀ ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ, sʜᴇ ᴡᴇɪɢʜᴇᴅ just 2lbs 9oz. The mum-of-two said: ‘Abigail grows two grams a day versus an ounce a day so she’ll still be seven pounds at her next birthday. She only just fits into new born clothes so I don’t know what we’ll do when she gets old enough to tell me that she doesn’t want to wear onesies anymore. My best friend has a two-year-old and seeing them next to each other is mind blowing. Toys for kids her age are ɢɪɢᴀɴᴛɪᴄ next to her. She has a table and chairs for her Barbies that she can sit in herself. She eats like a normal kid but there are a lot of things that a two-year-old would be doing that she can’t and it’s her sɪᴢᴇ ʜᴏʟᴅɪɴɢ ʜᴇʀ ʙᴀᴄᴋ.’
Although her parents knew Abigail was ɢʀᴏᴡɪɴɢ ᴍᴜᴄʜ sʟᴏᴡᴇʀ than normal, she wasn’t officially ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ until she was eight weeks old. Abigail had to stay ɪɴ ʜᴏsᴘɪᴛᴀʟ during that time but eventually, she was able to go home with her mum, dad Bryan, 25, and older sister Samantha, four, who doesn’t have the ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ.
Emily said: ‘When I was pregnant, she was always three weeks behind in her ᴅᴇᴠᴇʟᴏᴘᴍᴇɴᴛ. I had ᴀ ᴄ-sᴇᴄᴛɪᴏɴ at 36 weeks and she went sᴛʀᴀɪɢʜᴛ ɪɴᴛᴏ ɪɴᴛᴇɴsɪᴠᴇ ᴄᴀʀᴇ. She was doing everything ɴᴏʀᴍᴀʟʟʏ , she was ʙʀᴇᴀᴛʜɪɴɢ ᴀɴᴅ ᴇᴀᴛɪɴɢ fine but she was tiny. When she was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ, we’d never heard of this ᴛʏᴘᴇ ᴏF ᴅᴡᴀʀFɪsᴍ sᴏ ʜᴀᴅ ᴀʙsᴏʟᴜᴛᴇʟʏ no idea what it was was and for months I sᴛʀᴜɢɢʟᴇᴅ to find anyone who had been through the same and could help. The day she was ᴅɪᴀɢɴᴏsᴇᴅ, I just sat in my car in the hospital car park and ᴄʀɪᴇᴅ for two hours because I didn’t know what I was doing.”
Now two, Abigail has a few issues caused by her ᴄᴏɴᴅɪᴛɪᴏɴ
Emily said: ‘She is healthy but she has ᴄᴏᴍᴘʟɪᴄᴀᴛɪᴏɴs because she ᴡᴀs ʙᴏʀɴ ᴡɪᴛʜ ᴅɪsʟᴏᴄᴀᴛᴇᴅ ʜɪᴘs and she can’t walk but she crawls and she’s going to ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ. She’s also ɢᴏᴛ ʀᴇᴀʟʟʏ ʙᴀᴅ ᴇʏᴇsɪɢʜᴛ so we’re having trouble finding glasses that fit her.It’s hard to balance out a child with special needs and a child without because Samantha knows her sister needs more help. Samantha is an absolute rock star, she gets involved in all of the ᴛʜᴇʀᴀᴘʏ and she’s really protective.’