One-in-a-million son born to woman merely 3 feet tall

first_img Judging from her son’s long fingers and toes, “I think he’s going to be a tall boy,” Vasquez said. 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card His wife said the couple never gave up hope for parenthood. “We just took one day at a time. We had a lot of people praying for us. We just believed, … and here we have our son,” she told The Fresno Bee for a story Thursday. Baby Timothy weighed only 3 pounds, 7 ounces at birth because doctors had to deliver him eight weeks prematurely to protect the mother’s fragile health. The child did not inherit his mother’s genetic condition. “Eloysa had an adult metabolism moving through a pediatric-size body,” said obstetrician James Smith. “Her growing uterus was pressuring her entire abdomen,” making it hard for Vasquez to breathe. According to Stanford, only one in 25,000 to 50,000 births is to a mother with osteogenesis imperfecta, and such a live birth is even more rare when the mom has the severe form of the disorder with which Vasquez was born. Smith estimates Timothy’s birth was a one-in-a-million event. TULARE, Calif. – A San Joaquin Valley woman who weighs 37 pounds, is 3 feet tall and uses a wheelchair has given birth to her first child, overcoming serious odds and doubters who advised her to abandon her dream of motherhood. Eloysa Vasquez, 38, suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that makes bones soft and easily broken. Her tiny, distorted body left little room for a fetus to grow, and Vasquez suffered two miscarriages before doctors at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital delivered her son, Timothy, by Cesarean section on Jan. 24. Vasquez’ husband, Roy, who is 5 feet, 8 inches tall, said his wife’s small stature can be deceiving. “She’s very strong. She’s a strong lady,” he said. last_img

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