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Blackburn mum to raise awareness of son's dwarfism condition
11:30am Friday 11th October 2013 in News
A MOTHER whose son was born with a rare form of dwarfism has started a campaign to challenge people’s negative perceptions as part of an international awareness month.
Loving mum Amanda Ainsworth, whose 15-month-old son Isaac was born with hypochrondroplasia, said that people born with the condition lead ‘enriched’ lives and should not be judged because of their height.
Isaac, who lives in Oldgates Drive in Blackburn with dad Anthony, mum and his five brothers and sisters, was diagnosed with dwarfism after a 20-week scan revealed that his femurs were abnormally short.
The genetic condition, which in its broad form affects around 30,000 people in the UK including paralympian Eleanor Simmonds, means that he has an enlarged forehead, short arms and legs, a curved bottom section of spine and slower physical development than other children.
However, despite being in hospital 20 times since he was born to undergo operations and fight off illnesses, Amanda is hopeful that he will be leading a relatively normal life by the time he is five.
Amanda, who will dye her hair green to raise awareness of the condition on October 16, said: “It was a big shock when we found out but we took the view that because it’s so rare to have a child with dwarfism we would look on the positive side and see it as an honour.
“He’s got gorgeous blond curls and whilst he is only just learning to walk he is great at throwing so we hope to enter him into the Dwarf Sports Association as soon as he is old enough.
“He seems like any other bright little boy.
“There are lots of famous people who have dwarfism and have excelled in their field so I want to highlight how, just because people with the condition are small and grow differently, there is no reason to think there should be barriers to what they can achieve.
“Some people have told me they wouldn’t know what to do if they had a child with dwarfism which shocked me because to us he is more than perfect.
“We’ll have to make some height adjustments to furniture in our house but it’s quite easy to learn to adapt to other issues that may arise. We need to encourage people not to wrongly judge people’s abilities based on first appearances.”
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