As an expecting mother, there can be nothing worse than learning there’s something wrong with your unborn child.
Even doctors advising you to have a c-section when you’d planned for a natural birth can be nerve-wracking, and in this day and age that’s nothing to really be concerned about.
When one woman from England went into labor a few weeks earlier than expected, she and her husband took a plunge into the unknown.
Little did they know their lives were about to change forever, and not in the way they’d anticipated …
Emma Newman and her husband Scott Garside already had three healthy daughters by the time Emma fell pregnant with a fourth. Nothing in her scans gave reason for alarm, and so the couple busily prepped to welcome baby number four.
“I was massive,” Emma said, “so we didn’t think there was anything to be worried about.”
In fact, there was no notion of something being amiss until Emma went into labor four weeks early.
“They examined me and said I was only 24 weeks pregnant but I’d already had scans and knew that wasn’t right,” she said.
“I started to panic.”
Doctors told Emma and Scott to expect a premature baby, only when they did she thought they meant a slightly underweight child.
Baby Charlotte, however, was born weighing just two pounds, and the girl’s appearance practically stunned her parents.
By a sheer twist of fate, both of Charlotte’s parents carried the gene for an extremely rare genetic condition known as primordial dwarfism.
To put into perspective just how uncommon it is, only 200 people are thought to have it … in the entire world. Charlotte’s variety didn’t even have a name!
Primordial dwarfs are born incredibly small, and don’t grow much as they age. The result is that they can look like tiny human dolls.
Of course, growing to just three feet tall has hardly been easy for Charlotte.
Weighing just two pounds at birth, Charlotte’s parents weren’t even allowed to hold her for days after she was born. She spent her first 13 weeks of life in the confines of the hospital, with doctors warning her parents she might not even make it to her first birthday.
Unfortunately, primordial dwarfs commonly suffer from a multitude of health problems, many of them relating to their unnatural size. Then, as they increase in age, the risk of dying from a sudden aneurysm remains high.
It’s extremely rare for a primordial dwarf to survive their teenage years, but Charlotte’s parents insist she’s a fighter. For her part, the little girl continues to flourish.
Today, Charlotte is just over two feet tall, and her sister describes her as being surprisingly tough, all things considered.
“When people first meet her they are afraid she might break if they touch her – but she’s quite scrappy and doesn’t sit still for a second,” older sister Chloe explained.
“She loves tearing around the house and being thrown in the air.”
Instead of fretting about how much time they might have left with Charlotte, her parents have embraced her uniqueness and enjoy everyday activities.
“She is such a driven, determined person,” said Emma.
“We’ve stopped thinking about the what-ifs, now we’re having the best time we can.”
For them, part of the fun of raising Emma is photographing her besides everyday objects the rest of us think are quite small. Next to Charlotte, however … well …
Two huge thumbs up to Emma and Scott, and a big congratulations to Charlotte for making it this far with a smile on her face.
You never know what life is going to throw at you, but you can always decide how you react to it.
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