The U.K.’s shortest couple, who have different types of dwarfism, were told that their baby wouldn’t survive for long due to a “deadly genetic combination.” However, Britain’s only “double dwarf” defied expectations and is now a thriving four-year-old who has just started school. And if that wasn’t remarkable enough, just a few weeks ago the little family welcomed his baby brother.
Having a baby can be an ordeal at the best of times but if you risk passing on a condition such as dwarfism, there can be a multitude of complications. Laura and Nathan Phillips, who live in Sunderland, England, suffer from two different forms. Laura’s type, called achondroplasia, is a more common form of dwarfism than her husband’s pseudoachondroplasia.
The word “dwarf” is usually used to refer to adults who, fully grown, are no taller than 4’10”. Dwarfism can have myriad causes and can be proportionate or disproportionate, depending on the nature of the condition. Proportionate short stature (PSS) happens when there is restricted growth but the torso and chest grow to the same extent as the legs and arms.