A seven-months-old baby from Kentucky was born with a rare form of dwarfism. With weighing just a pound at the time of his birth, Matthew Riddle III, the seven months old son of Jenevieve Cook was born with MOPDII or primordial dwarfism. His parents are hoping to raise funds for their son’s surgery and have since been traveling between Kentucky and California.
What is Dwarfism?
A rare condition where a baby is born with a short physique. A medical or genetic condition whereby the height of an adult is between 4 feet 10 inches or under as defined by Little People of America (LPA). Other forms of dwarfism may extend the criteria to 5 feet but the most common cases have been up to 4 feet 10 inches or below. The two main categories of dwarfism are proportionate and disproportionate. Proportionate dwarfism is characterized by proportionate body parts but shorter than what the normal size is. In disproportionate dwarfism, the person has an average size torso, shorter legs and arms or a shortened body with longer limbs.
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This means Matthew, who at the time is 7 months old, appears as small as a newborn and weighs under 4 pounds and fits in clothes made for dolls and teddy bears. During Ms. Cook’s pregnancy, doctors through ultrasound of the baby examined that the child was not growing in the way he was supposed to. With weighing just a pound at the time of his birth the doctors thought he had microcephaly.