Meet the World’s Shortest Mom and Her Irresistibly Cute Children!
The rare genetic disorder Osteogenesis Imperfecta affects Stacey Herald, who stands at just 2 feet 4 inches tall, causing her to grow slowly and have underdeveloped lungs and brittle bones.
Stacey, a devoted mother, leaves behind her husband Wil, 35, daughters Kateri and Makyah, 11, son Malachi, 8, and their extended family, all of whom still reside in their family home in Kentucky.
Defying her doctors’ warnings against becoming pregnant due to the risk of the baby growing too large and putting a strain on her heart and lungs, Stacey chose to give birth. Despite medical advice advising against it, the mother of three gave birth to three children in just three years. Both Kateri and Malachi inherited her disease, which the family hopes to prevent.
Malachi, her youngest child, was delivered via Caesarean section on November 28, 2010, eight weeks premature and weighing 2 lbs 10 oz. After the procedure, he required 34 sutures, and Stacey remarked, “He’s the most lovely, immaculate guy I’ve ever seen. I just want to be by his side.”
“When Malachi was born, he had no broken bones. People like us are born with broken limbs because childbirth might break our brittle bones. I made it clear that while they are all special kids, the girls should keep an eye on Malachi until he gets a little older. It was challenging when we learned Malachi had my disease. But since Kateri and I were both there, we were confident that we could offer him the finest assistance possible.”
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Stacey actively participates in caring for the children, alongside her husband Wil, whom she met in 2000 while working in a supermarket and married in 2004. She changes the children’s diapers on a specially designed pedestal, bathes them, nurses Malachi, and uses her wheelchair.
However, during the nights, Wil’s father, who is 5 feet 9 inches tall, takes care of them as it becomes too difficult for Stacey. At the time of her third child’s birth, Stacey said, “Anything I can’t do, Wil can. He’s so good at getting up at night, changing diapers, and feeding the girls. He really is one lucky person.”
Stacey actively assists Wil in taking care of the children despite being confined to a wheelchair. She first met Wil in 2000 while working in a supermarket and married him in 2004.
Despite the challenges she faces and the risks she takes during childbirth, Stacey considers herself a “wonder” and firmly believes that her children “will be Miracles too.”