The smallest mother in the world has died sadly at the age of 44 years after leading an extraordinary life.
Stacey Herald, who was 2 feet 4 inches, had a rare genetic condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta, which prevented its growth and caused lungs and brittle bones.
The dear mother leaves behind her husband Wil, 35, her daughters Kateri, 11, and Makya, 10, and their son Malachi, eight, who live together in the Kentucky family home.
Tragedy: the world's smallest mother, Stacey Herald, pictured while pregnant with her third child, died at the age of 44.
& # 39; Miracle & # 39 ;: 2ft 4ins mother-of-three defied the doctors who told her that the pregnancy would kill her and that she would then give birth to three children with her husband Wil, 35
Happy family: Stacey, photographed with Wil and her two daughters, Kateri, now 11, and Makya, now 10, was determined to have a family, despite the risks involved in giving birth
Support: the proud mom was able to help take care of her children, despite her condition, thanks to the help of her husband, who would take control at night when she was too tired.
Stacey became a mother against the advice of doctors, who warned her that if she got pregnant, the baby could grow too large and crush her lungs and heart.
However, the mother of three challenged the doctors to have a family, giving birth to three children in only three years, however, two of her children, Kateri and Malachi, inherited their condition, something the family had hoped to avoid. .
Their youngest child, Malachi, was born eight weeks premature by cesarean section on November 28, 2010, weighing only 2 lb. 10 oz.
Stacey, who had 34 stitches in the stomach from the procedure, said at the time: "He's the most beautiful perfect boy I've ever seen."
& # 39; All I want to do is stay by your side & # 39;
She added: "Malachi was born without any broken bones.
"People with our condition are often born with broken arms and legs because our bones are fragile and can be damaged by birth.
"I have explained that they are all special babies, but that the girls will have to be careful with Malachi, until she is a little older.
& # 39; When we discovered that Malachi had my condition, it was difficult. But we knew that we would be the best possible support for him, because Kateri and I have already been there. "
Special relationship: Stacey and Wil were married in 2004, after meeting in 2000 when Stacey was working in a supermarket
Proud: Stacey gave birth to her third child, son Malachi, in November 2010 through cesarean section. The baby was born eight weeks earlier and weighed only 2 lb. 10 oz.
Significant: The couple, represented on their wedding day in 2004, worked together to raise their children, with Stacey describing Wil as a "blessing". in their life
Success: Stacey was confined to a wheelchair, but she refused to let that stop her by raising her children and being part of their lives.
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Stacey played an active role in the care of the children, along with her husband Wil, whom she married in 2004 after meeting him in 2000 while working in a supermarket.
He nursed Malachi and had a specially constructed platform that allowed him to bathe and change diapers in his wheelchair.
But Vicar in practice Wil, who measures 5 feet 9 inches, took care of them at night, since then it became too difficult for her.
"Everything I can not do, Wil can," Stacey said at the time of her third child's birth.
"It's great to get up at night and change diapers and feed the girls, it's really a blessing."
Stacey particularly needed his help in the care of Makya, who was already a foot taller than her mother when she was only two years old.
I can not physically stop her if she's upset. Now it's too big for me, so Wil has to take care of that, "he said.
However, despite the difficulties she faced, and the incredible danger of giving birth, Stacey loved being a mother, and explained that she considered herself a "miracle" and that her babies would also be miracles. "