When life gets you down, you should remember how easy your life is compared to some others. Even just being born normal is a gift. Just having a happy and healthy child should make you grateful, because not all families are so lucky. Sometimes a special child comes along that inspires us all and reminds us to be thankful for what we take for granted every day.
Meet Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley, from Ontario, Canada. She’s a pretty normal tween except when it comes to her height. She’s just about three feet tall. Why? Because she was born with primordial dwarfism, a condition so rare that it only affects about a hundred people in the entire world and is usually accompanied by mental and physical disabilities.
When Kenadie was born, she was a mere 2.5 pounds and the nurses in the hospital nicknamed her “Thumbelina” because she was so tiny. Doctors told her mother, Brianne, that she wouldn’t live more than a few days. “We baptized her right away because we were told that we should just bring her home to die,” said Brianne in an interview with Barcroft TV.
Despite all the odds and doctors predictions, Kenadie is growing up to be just like her classmates. She does have underdeveloped limbs, some learning difficulties and fragile bones, and yet she still enjoys all the things a normal 12 year old does: She loves doing physical activities like play hockey, ice-skating and swimming. “She’s kind-hearted, she is loving, and wants to share everything with everyone. She is feisty, determined, and independent,” said Brianne.
It’s not all roses, though. “Having Kenadie definitely tested my faith many times — watching her struggle isn’t easy,” said Brianne. Kenadie will continue to face many medical challenges as she gets older. The Jourdin-Bromley family remains hopeful and strong in their support and love.
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Small body, big heart.