The other type is disproportionate short stature (DSS) which results when there is a problem with the development of a person’s joints and bones. This can affect all parts of the body or can manifest itself in the growth of individual limbs. Both Laura and Nathan’s conditions cause DSS dwarfism.
As a consequence of their afflictions, Laura and Nathan have some other physical hurdles to overcome. Laura has a curved spine which causes considerable discomfort. Nathan’s condition affects his hips and in turn means he walks a “little unusually” his wife explains. Nonetheless the couple are keen to stress that physical difficulties aside, in all other respects they are just like everyone else.
Going into detail, Laura’s dwarfism achondroplasia is the technical medical term for “without cartilage”. According to the National Organization for Rare Disorders, the condition results in a large head, short arms and a general lack of growth; those affected usually attain an adult height of about 4 feet. Brain function is generally unaffected and lifespan is close to normal in most cases.