Louisville, KY – When baby Matthew makes an impression for the first time, many people believe that he is a newborn baby. However, the baby Matthew, who weighs just 3 pounds, was born actually seven month ago. Many of his clothes come from workshops that were made for a doll.
When Matthew’s mother, Jenevieve Cook, was pregnant, the doctors told her that her baby was not growing up properly, and just after 28 weeks, Jenevieve was induced. When Matthew was born, he weighted only 1 pound, 2 ounces. After spending 98 days at the neonatal intensive care unit (NICU), the whole family was sent back home with no clear diagnosis.
As Jenevieve told the WLKY-TV, the doctors told them that Matthew will not live for a long time, and that the baby had microcephaly, which means that his brain had stopped growing.
However, after two months, after doing an exome test, the results showed that the baby’s real diagnosis was the rare form of dwarfism – MOPD Type ΙΙ, or (microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II).
The doctors told the family that Matthew will be able to walk, to talk, to go to regular school, but he will be just extremely small. In order to give Matthew a special treatment, the family had been travelled to Delaware.
Today, they are in California, undergoing two surgeries of the skull, with the hope that it will stop any additional brain aneurysms and strokes, which are characteristic for individuals with this health condition.
Matthew’s mother explains that they are constantly in contact with people who give them unconditional support, but they also get in contact with people who are shocked by the appearance of the baby. Matthew has got two elder brothers.
Matthew’s family constantly makes efforts to makes his life as normal as they can – and the reason why they have told their story to the public is to show the other that there is nothing wrong with being different. Matthew will be the same as the others; he will be out there playing with a ball like the other children. Even though he is just extremely small, there is not anything wrong with being different from the others.
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