All parents have to face an exciting nine months of waiting before they get to meet the little bundle of joy that has blossomed within mommy’s tummy.
When a baby is finally born, nothing compares to the sensation of hearing those first screams.
However, for other parents, the birth of a child can turn out to be something they could never have predicted.
Mary and Brad Kish of Illinois, USA, waited anxiously to meet their daughter in the late 1990s.
Mary’s pregnancy had been trouble-free, and the birth had gone well. During the delivery, there were no signs that anything was wrong with their infant girl Michelle.
When she opened her eyes, however, doctors instantly noticed that something was wrong. They didn’t know what it was until they combed through medical texts and consulted a geneticist from another hospital.
Michelle’s face was wide and childlike. She was also losing her hair and had a nose that looked like a little beak.
It was discovered that she had Hallermann-Streiff syndrome, a hereditary condition with only 250 known cases globally.
”No one had ever seen it in person at Children’s Memorial Hospital, where Michelle was born.
When the doctor gave us the diagnosis of Hallermann-Streiff syndrome my heart sank. I was worried how are we going to care for our child who had a rare genetic disorder that was one in five million,” Michelle’s mother told the Daily Mail.
Michelle has 26 of the 28 symptoms that are associated with the condition. The condition affects only one in every five million people, yet it produces a slew of health issues.
Michelle has Hallermann-Streiff syndrome as well as dwarfism, which means she can barely reach over her sister’s waist despite the fact that they are just two years apart in age.
Michelle’s condition necessitates a great deal of support, including an electric wheelchair, hearing aid, probe, respirator, and visual aids.
Michelle and her family have also had to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital as a result of the illness. She is sometimes misidentified as a youngster due to her appearance, despite the fact that she is 25 years old.
Despite facing challenges, Michelle is an amazing and unique young lady.
Among other things, she wants a boyfriend and to be like her older sister. Since almost everyone is taller than her, she doesn’t mind that he is taller, but she wishes he had longer hair.
She too wants to become a doctor!
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