A two-year-old girl diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism weighs just 7 pounds and has to wear new-sized clothes.
Abigail Lee, from Louisiana, has a rare condition called Microcephalic Osteodysplastic Primordial Dwarfism Type II, which means she will only grow to about 24 inches tall.
The toddler barely fits into newborn clothes and is smaller than many of her toys.
It was first pointed out to her mother Emily Lee, 25, that her baby was not growing at the normal rate while pregnant and when Abigail was born via cesarean section she weighed just 2 pounds 9 ounces.
The mother of two said: ‘Abigail is growing two ounces a day instead of an ounce a day, so on her next birthday she will still weigh 7 pounds.
Abigail Lee, two, from Louisiana, photo, was born with a rare form of dwarfism and will only grow to about 24 inches
The toddler is so small, she can only wear newborn clothes and she weighs only 7 pounds. She fits on her Barbie’s toy picnic table, pictured
‘She barely 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 rompers anymore.
My best friend has a two year old and to see them side by side is breathtaking.
“Toys for kids her age are huge next to her. She has a table and chairs for her Barbies that she can sit in herself.
“She eats like a normal kid, but there are a lot of things a two-year-old would do that she can’t do and it’s her size that’s holding her back.”
The toddler with her father, Bryan. Her mother Emily said that children’s toys look huge compared to Abigail (pictured next to a toy submarine)
What is microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism Type II and how common is it?
The condition is characterized by small size, small head size, and abnormal bone growth.
Other features include a high-pitched voice, distinctive facial features, scoliosis, small teeth, and blood vessel abnormalities.
The heads of people born with the condition stop growing by 18 months and thus develop into microcephaly (a disproportionately small head compared to the rest of the body).
The intellectual development of a person born with MOPD Type II is usually unaffected.
Only 150 cases of this pathology have been registered worldwide.
Life expectancy is generally lower, but people with MOPD Type II live in their thirties.
Abigail was diagnosed eight weeks after her birth when doctors noticed she hadn’t grown at all.
The toddler spent eight weeks in the hospital before being able to go home with her mother, father Bryan, 25, and older sister Samantha, four, who does not suffer from the condition.
Emily said, “When I was pregnant, she was always three weeks behind in her development.
“I had a cesarean section at 36 weeks and she went straight to the intensive care unit.
‘She was doing everything normally, she was breathing and eating well, but she was small.
“When she was diagnosed, we had never heard of this type of dwarfism, so we had absolutely no idea what it was.
“For months I struggled to find someone who had been through the same thing and could help.
“The day she was diagnosed, I just sat in my car in the hospital parking lot 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 Abigail knows, right, 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 development was delayed by her dwarfism and she can’t walk yet
Emily, pictured with Abigail after her birth, said she cried after hearing her daughter’s diagnosis because she didn’t know what to do
“She’s healthy, but she has complications because she was born with dislocated hips and she can’t walk, but she’s crawling and she’s going to therapy.
“She also has really bad eyesight, so we’re having a hard time finding glasses that fit her.
“It’s hard to balance a child with special needs and one without, because Samantha knows her sister needs more help.
“Samantha is an absolute rock star, she gets involved in all the therapies and she’s really protective.”
In the photo, Samantha and Abigail together. Abigail has poor eyesight due to her condition, and Emily and Bryan struggle to find her glasses that fit
Emily revealed Abigail, pictured enjoying a snack, is going to therapy to help her develop
What a delicious 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?
Bryan holds Abigail, left and Samantha, right. Emily admitted she had never heard of her daughter’s condition and wasn’t sure what to do