2.3ft-tall woman who defied all odds to become a mother dies at 44 after battling rare genetic condition
World's smallest mother Stacey Herald passed away at the age of 44 after battling a rare genetic condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta
The world's smallest mother who was just 2 feet and 4 inches passed away at the age of 44 after battling a rare genetic condition known as osteogenesis imperfecta. The condition results in stunted growth and causes the lungs to be underdeveloped. It can also make the bones very brittle.
Stacey Herald, mother of three, is survived by her husband Wil who is 5 feet 9 inches and daughters Kateri, 11, Makya, 10, and son Malachi, 8. The family lives in Kentucky. Stacey went ahead and became a mother despite doctors warning that, if the baby grew too big, it would crush her lungs and her heart. Despite all odds, Stacey gave birth to three beautiful children in three years.
The smallest mother in history is Stacey Herald 2'4'', here expecting her third child. pic.twitter.com/YTLFHnFkGG— Perplexing World (@PerplexinWorld) February 26, 2014
Two out of the three children Kateri and Malachi have inherited her genetic condition, something which the family had hoped and prayed would not happen. Her youngest child Malachi was eight weeks premature and was born after a C-section on November 28, 2010.
The baby weighed 2lb 10oz. As a result of the procedure, Stacey had to receive around 34 stitches across her stomach.
At the time, Stacey had said, "He's the most beautiful, perfect boy I've ever seen. All I want to do is stay by his side. 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 the birth. I've explained that they're all special babies, but that the girls will have to be careful with Malachi until he's a bit older," as reported by DailyMail.
"When we found out Malachi had my condition. It was hard. But we knew we would be the best support possible for him because Kateri and I have both been there already," Stacey said.
Stacey was confined to a wheelchair but that did not stop her from being an outstanding mother. She played a very active and involved role in her children's lives whom she had with her husband Wil who she met in the year 2000 while she was working in a supermarket.
She even breastfed Malachi and also had a platform especially built so that she could bathe her children and change their nappies while in her wheelchair. Her husband Wil started to take charge of the children the moment it started to become too difficult for her. At the time of the birth of her third child, Stacey said, "Anything I can't do, Wil can. He's great at getting up in the night and changing diapers and feeding the girls. He really is a blessing".
Stacey did need help to look after her daughter Makya who was a foot taller than her mother when she was just two years old. "I can't physically stop her if she's upset. She's too big for me now. So Wil has to take care of that," Stacey had said.
Even with all the difficulties that she faced, Stacey had taken a lot of risk to be a mother. She said that she loved being a mother and that she thought of herself as a "miracle" and knew that her children "would be miracles too".