Real-life Thumbelina: Dwarf, 12, is just 3ft tall and weighs same as toddler

Real-life Thumbelina: Dwarf, 12, is just 3ft tall and weighs same as toddler


Dwarf-with-brother-473436Little Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley is only 3ft tall and weighs the same as a two-year-old.

The brave 12-year-old was born with a rare form of dwarfism and her parents were told she was unlikely to survive longer than a few days.

But the little fighter has defied medics and nealry reached her teenage years.

DWARF-GIRL-320939When she was born, tiny Kenadie weighed just 2.5lbs and measured 28cms –less than the length of a school ruler.

Her doting mum Brianne Jourdin, 36, was told to expect the worst, by the nurses who named the tiny tot ‘Thumbelina’.

Doctors said she was likely to have brain damage and was not expected live, so her parents had her baptised that day.

“She is feisty, determined and independent”

Brianne Jourdin

Brianne, a funeral celebrant, said: “Most parents don’t have to imagine their kid not living past whatever age but it’s a reality for us that we will probably lose her.

“We baptised her right away because we were told that we should just bring her home to die.

“It was like mourning – the idea of all of the life that you imagined for your child has suddenly been taken away.”

DWAF-GIRL-320942Eight months later, she was diagnosed with primordial dwarfism – a condition causing underdevelopment of limbs, which affects about 100 people worldwide.

But despite having learning difficulties and thin and fragile bones, Kenadie enjoys school, plays hockey and takes swimming lessons.

Weighing little over 1.5st, Kenadie, from Kitchener, Ontario, is so small that she has to wear clothes made for two year olds.

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And her 10-year-old brother, Tyran, now towers over her. But none of that stops her living life to the full and she has an active social life with her school friends.

Her mum added: “She’s kind hearted, she is loving and wants to share everything with everyone. She is feisty, determined and independent.

“It makes me so proud to see her in these activities it makes me cry.

“I have cried so many times when she is on the skating rink, everything she does, I cry.”