DRY RIDGE, Ky., July 8 (UPI) — The smallest woman known to have had children — at what doctors in Kentucky say was great risk to her own life — says she may have completed her family.
Stacey Herald, 36, of Dry Ridge, Ky., gave birth to her third child seven months ago, ABC News reported. Her son, Malachi, only 5 inches long at birth, also suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta, the genetic brittle-bone disease that has kept his mother’s height to 2 feet, 4 inches.
Carrying her children could have killed Herald by crushing her heart and lungs, doctors say.
“Medically it’s not physically or logically possible, it’s all from the grace of God,” she said.
Herald told ABC she and her husband, Wil, still think about having more children, saying at times they are not prepared “to call it quits.”
Each of her children had a 50 percent chance of being born with OI. Kateri, 3, has it, but Makaya at 2 years old has outgrown her mother by a foot.
The Osteogenesis Imperfecta Foundation is holding a conference this week in Portland, Ore. Herald has one of the most severe forms of the disease, caused by a mutation in a gene that produces the protein collagen.
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