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Mom With Rare Form of Dwarfism Gives Birth to Second Son

Create: 12/20/2016 - 11:25

A woman with a rare form of dwarfism gave birth to a healthy, baby boy. Tiffanie DiDonato had limited space for her baby to grow. "I look like I swallowed a beach ball," DiDonato joked. 
 
She has to use crutches because her bump could cause her to fall. She gets help from her husband Eric. As a teen, she underwent limb lengthening surgery that added 14 inches to her height.
 
Achondroplasia: The most common form of dwarfism, achondroplasia occurs in about one out of 26,000 to 40,000 babies and is evident at birth. People with achondroplasia have a relatively long trunk and shortened upper parts of their arms and legs. 
 
Diastrophic dysplasia: A rare form of dwarfism, diastrophic dysplasia occurs in about one in 100,000 births. People who have it tend to have shortened forearms and calves (this is known as mesomelic shortening).