The U.K.’s shortest couple – two people with different types of dwarfism – were told that their baby wouldn’t survive for long thanks to a “deadly genetic combination.” However, Britain’s only “double dwarf” infant defied expectations and is now a thriving four-year-old who has just started school. And as if that weren’t remarkable enough, in late 2018 the little family welcomed their miracle first son’s baby brother.
Having a baby can be an ordeal at the best of times. But if you risk passing on a condition such as dwarfism, there can be a multitude of complications. Laura and Nathan Phillips, who live in Sunderland, England, have two different forms of the condition. Laura’s type, called achondroplasia, is a more common form of dwarfism than her husband’s pseudoachondroplasia.
The word “dwarf” is usually used to refer to adults who, when fully grown, are no taller than 4 feet 10 inches in height. Dwarfism can have myriad causes, though, and be proportionate or disproportionate depending on the nature of the condition. Proportionate short stature (PSS) happens when there is restricted growth but the torso and chest grow to the same extent as the legs and arms.