- Two-year-old Abigail Lee, born in Louisiana with the rare condition, will only grow to 24 inches
- The tot only weighs 7lbs and has to wear newborn clothes because he’s so small
- Eats like a normal two year old child but lags behind in development due to its size
A two-year-old girl suffering from a rare form of dwarfism weighs just 7 pounds and has to wear newborn-sized clothing.
Abigail Lee of Louisiana has a rare condition called microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II, which means she’ll only be about 24 inches tall.
Totka can only fit in newborn sized clothing and is smaller than a lot of her toys.
Her mom Emily Lee, 25, was first made aware that her baby was not growing at a normal rate when she was pregnant and that when Abigail was born via C-section, she weighed just 2lbs 9 .
The mother-in-law of two said: ‘Abigail grows two grams a day against an ounce, so she’ll still be 7lbs by her next birthday.
Two-year-old Abigail Lee of Louisiana, pictured, was born with a rare form of dwarfism and will only reach 24 inches
Total is so small, she can only wear newborn clothes and weighs just 7 pounds. She can fit her Barbie’s toy on the picnic table, pictured
‘She just fits into newborn clothes. So I don’t know what we’ll do when she’s old enough to tell me she doesn’t want to wear husky anymore.
‘My best friend has a two-year-old and it’s lovely to see them next to each other.
‘Toys for kids his age are huge next to him. She has a table and chairs for Barbies that she can sit on herself.
‘She eats like a normal kid, but there are so many things a two year old would be doing that she can’t and it’s her size that is holding her back.’
Child with his father, Brian. Her mother Emily said that the children’s toys looked much larger than Abigail’s (pictured next to the toy submarine)
What is microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II and how common is it?
This condition is characterized by small size, small head size, and abnormal bone development.
Other features may include a high-pitched voice, distinctive facial features, scoliosis, small teeth and blood vessel abnormalities.
The head of people born with this condition stops growing at 18 months of age, and so it develops into microcephaly (a small head compared to the rest of the body).
The intellectual development of a person born with MOPD type II is usually not impaired.
Only 150 cases of this pathology have been recorded worldwide.
Life expectancy generally decreases, but people with MOPD type II live into their 30s.
Abigail was diagnosed eight weeks after birth when doctors noticed she hadn’t grown at all.
The baby spent eight weeks in the hospital before being able to go home with her mother, dad Brian, 25, and older sister Samantha, four, who is no longer in condition.
Emily said: ‘When I was pregnant, she was always three weeks behind in her development.
‘At 36 weeks I had a c-section and she went straight into intensive care.
‘She was doing everything normally, she was breathing and eating fine but she was younger.
‘We had never heard of this type of dwarfism when he was diagnosed, so didn’t know exactly what it was.
‘For months I struggled to find someone who was through the same and could help.
‘The day he was diagnosed, I just sat in my car at the hospital car park and cried for two hours because I didn’t know what I was doing.
Emily said her protective older daughter Samantha, who is four, is a ‘rock’ and knows Abigail, well, needs extra help (pictured playing together)
Abigail, pictured, is a healthy child and has the same appetite as a normal two-year-old, but her growth was slowed by her dwarfism, and she can’t walk yet
Emily, pictured with Abigail after her birth, said she cried upon hearing her daughter’s diagnosis because she didn’t know what to do
‘She is healthy but she has complications because she was born with dislocated hips and she cannot walk but she crawls and she is going to therapy.
‘He also has very poor eyesight so we are having trouble finding suitable glasses for him.
It’s difficult to balance 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 into all the therapy and she’s really protective.’
Pictured, Samantha and Abigail together. Abigail has poor vision due to her condition, and Emily and Brian struggle to find her glasses that fit.
Emily reveals that Abigail, while enjoying a snack, attends therapy to help her develop
What a nice egg! Abigail spent eight weeks in the hospital after she was born, and was diagnosed with the rare condition microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II?
Brian holding Abigail, left and Samantha, right. Emily admitted that she had never heard of her daughter’s condition and did not know what to do