Tuesday, December 22, 2009
Smallest mother - Stacey Herald sets world
DRY RIDGE, KY, USA--Stacey Herald, 35, who is
just 2ft 4in tall, has given birth to a healthy baby boy -
which is the world record for the Smallest
Photo: Stacey holds Malachi after she
is allowed to take him out of the incubator for a few precious
moments. Photo Barcroft Media (enlarge
She and trainee priest Wil, who is 5ft 9ins
tall, have daughters Kateri, three, and Makya, 18 months.
"Malachi is having trouble feeding and some
circulation problems, but the doctors say he's doing well...
We're looking forward to the day he's strong enough to come
home," said Herald.
He was induced at 32 weeks due to concerns
for his mother's safety. Risk Stacey, who has 34 stitches
across her stomach, said: "He's the most beautiful perfect
boy I've ever seen."
Malachi has two older siblings, 18-month-old
Makya, and 3-year-old Kateri. Malachi, who is just five inches
long, is being cared for at a hospital in Cincinnati, Ohio,
and will have to stay in an incubator for several months.
His sister Kateri, who has the same condition
as Stacey, spent the first five months of her life in hospital.
Stacy added: "We're looking forward to the day he's strong
enough to come home."
Herald has osteogenesis imperfecta,
a genetic disorder that causes bones to break easily. But
despite all the obstacles, the mother and father, a trainee
priest, say they want even more children.
Her youngest daughter, Makaia, was 18 inches
long when she was born last winter.
Her other daughter, Katira, 2, has the same
disease, but Makaia does not. Doctors warned Herald that pregnancy
stood a good chance of killing her, but Herald said she had
faith that all would be OK.
Now both girls are bigger than their mother.
She uses a wheelchair but manages to care for daughters Kateri,
three, and Makya, 18 months, with the help of husband Wil,
The proud mum said her husband Wil was a
great support for her and the children. She added: "Anything
I can't do, Wil can. He's great at getting up in the night
and changing diapers and feeding the girls. He really is a
Related world records:
Bikini Model-world record set by Amazon Eve
Woman-world record set by Maria Olivia da Silva
natural breasts-world record set by Norma Stitz
Breast Implants-world record set by Sheyla Hershey
waist-world record set by Cathie Jung
December 22, 2009