Brianne Jordan gave birth to a tiny baby girl in February 2003, however within minutes of her becoming a mother she faced the worst kind of heartbreak. As the doctors handed her minuscule daughter across to her, they told her the devastating news that her child would not live.
They named the baby girl Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley, who was dubbed a “Thumbelina” baby. She was unfortunately affected by an extremely rare condition which is shared by only one hundred other people in the whole world.
The little girl was born at only 11 inches long, and weighed two and a half pounds. When they handed Kenadie over to her mother, doctors bore the news that she would probably live, at most, for just a few days due to her primordial dwarfism condition.
This condition means that the person affected with it is considerably smaller, compared to other people. Her mother was interviewed on TV in 2015, stating “when she was born she was perfect, she was just miniature.” Which is the reason behind her developing the nickname Thumbelina.
Unfortunately, Kenadie had part of her brain missing, which added to the reasons the doctors believed she wouldn’t survive. Her family decided to have the baby girl baptised straight away, as they were not anticipating her to live for much longer. Her mother lovingly stated, “she was chubby and she had pink skin. Her eyes were bright.”
Unfortunately, it seemed as though the doctors were sending little Kenadie home with Brianne to die. Brianne said, ‘it was like mourning – the idea of all the life that you imagined for your child has suddenly been taken away.” This was the sad realisation Brianne was having to adjust to for her daughter.
However, things definitely didn’t end up going to way the doctors had estimated. Proving medical science completely wrong, Kenadie continued to develop and thrive. She is now an astounding 13-years-old, and while she is still extraordinarily small, at just 39 inches tall, she is still living a relatively normal life.
In Brianne’s memory, the day they left the hospital with their seriously tiny bundle of joy is still crystal clear. In an interview she recalled, “When we got home, we were able to live life every day, and realised you wasn’t going to die and that we were just going to live every day with our baby.”
However, this did not mean that tiny Kenadie was out of the woods. Her sad condition means that she is also plagued by many other illnesses, which range from mental problems to breathing and digestion complications. Other implications she has to face are brittle bones and an aneurysm in her brain.