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    One of the world's smallest toddlers.

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    Lola

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    One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Lola on Tue Jun 22, 2010 6:19 am

    From yahoo news.

    When little Charlotte Garside was born she had to be dressed in dolls clothes.

    Just 25cm long and weighing in at 530 grams, she was tinier than a teddy bear and too small for even premature baby clothes.

    Now two years old and 56cm tall, the youngster is currently the world's smallest girl, and doctors predict she will never grow to 60cm.

    Charlotte has a rare form of primordial dwarfism that affects only 100 people in the world, the UK Mirror reports.

    Primordial dwarfism is a genetic disorder that delays growth before and at birth, often causing a low birth weight, and small head and eyes.

    However Charlotte's symptoms have reportedly never been seen together in one person, making it difficult for experts to give her particular condition a name.

    "We've had so many tests and so many results, but so far all we know is that she has some type of primordial dwarfism - the Charlotte kind," her mother Emma Newman told the UK Mirror.

    "We have spent a long time trying to find out what makes her different and what we can to do help her."

    Ms Newman has described how she seemed to have a normal pregnancy with Charlotte – similar to that of her other three normally developing sisters – and that her condition was not discovered until her birth in 2007.

    It was then that doctors diagnosed her with Majewski osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism (MOPD), a genetic condition that Ms Newman and her partner Scott found out they both carried.

    "We had to pick her up on a bean bag because she was so small. When she was a bit older I could actually put her in my pocket."

    The family has turned to the Walking with Giants Foundation for support and to help raise awareness for primordial dwarfism. Through their annual convention they have met other families who have children with the same condition.

    Ms Newman said they want to raise awareness about their daughter's condition.

    "We stand in front of the pram to shield her from people looking. There isn't a day goes by when someone doesn't come up and start asking questions," she said.

    But Charlotte's family realise they are still fortunate because she has avoided the harsher symptoms of MOPD type 1, such as severe brain aneuryisms, and is reportedly in good health.

    Type 1 sufferers rarely live beyond their third birthday.

    Charlotte cannot walk unaided due to a problem with her Achilles tendons and is fed through a tube for 11 hours a day, but her parents want to give her as normal a life as possible.

    "We're just enjoying family life. She might be small but anyone who has ever met her will tell you that she has a big personality.

    "Since the day she was born, she has brought something very special into all of our lives."

    There is a picture of Charlotte at the original news site.

    I hope she lives long past 3 years!!
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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by MummyE2 on Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:21 am

    It's good that they're raising awareness of the condition, I hope she lives long past 3 years as well!


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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by kuta on Tue Jun 22, 2010 9:52 am

    That's amazing
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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Smily on Tue Jun 22, 2010 2:48 pm

    Does it say if she was prem and if so how early? She was very very small either way.

    She'd be nearly 3 too, born in 2007.


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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by ~Trace~ on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:06 pm

    wow
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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Lola on Wed Jun 23, 2010 2:08 pm

    No it didnt say if she was prem, it does say she had a normal pregnancy though... I think she is just that tiny from the dwarfism gene.

    You'd be scared to hold her when she was born, at least I would have been!
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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Smily on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:15 am

    Being that small they probably weren't able to hold her at birth. Even if born term, I'd say that given the size she'd still have prem related issues.... maintaining body temp, breathing, possibly feeding issues, heart/lungs issues (apnoea's and brady's) ect.


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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Lola on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:37 am

    yeah the article said she had a feeding tube still so it wouldnt be too surprising if she did have those other issues as well
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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Smily on Thu Jun 24, 2010 3:52 pm

    shows how well I read it Laughing


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    Re: One of the world's smallest toddlers.

    Post by Lola on Fri Jun 25, 2010 3:52 am

    lol. It was late when you first replied Wink hehe

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