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At 15 Years Old, This Girl is Less than 2 Feet Tall and Weighs 12 Pounds

Posted Sep 13 2009 10:22pm

When you look at this picture, it is hard to believe she is 15 years old!  She was not even expected to live out a year and now has other issues that surgery could possibly help, but her bones do not heal, so it is a risk.  This was a miracle at birth, as she didn’t even show up on a 9 month scan as being a developed fetus. 

She did not have any growth hormone injections and some say now that could have helped her out if her condition would have been diagnosed earlier.  When you look at the picture below, the purse is almost as large as she is.  Her condition causes pain and in time she may not be able to walk at all, but the article projected at this point that she may live until somewhere between 30 and 40 years, hopefully non in pain. 

"Even up to a full nine months, the child could not be seen on the scan. They said the child was not formed. It is like water and that it was not alive," says Kishanji Amge, Jyoti's father, in a National Geographic program about Jyoti that will air tonight. He and his family speak Hindi but communicated through translators.

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"When they found that the baby was alive, it was a miracle," Amge said. "The doctors were in shock. It was beyond their understanding."

But Jyoti, who lives in Nagpor, India, with her parents and four siblings, recently celebrated her 15th birthday.

She attends school with students her age, enjoys fashionable clothes and jewelry, and dreams of becoming a film star. But though she is a typical teenager in many ways, she is not even 2-feet-tall.

Had Jyoti's condition been diagnosed at birth by geneticists and endocrinologists, it's probable that hormone injections would have helped her reach normal height and development, he said.

'World's Smallest Girl' Beats the Odds - ABC News

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