In 2003, Brianne Jourdin gave birth to a baby dwarf named Kenadie. Unfortunately, the girl had only part of her brain and was extremely small. Doctors told her mother that her daughter would probably have severe brain damage and only had a few days to live. Not knowing how long she would survive, Brianne took Kenadie to be baptized the day she was born.
Fortunately, Kenadie survived. After the somber life expectancy she received, and at 8 months of age, she was diagnosed with a rare form of dwarfism. The condition can cause premature aging, bone fragility, respiratory problems and more.
But 14 years later, Kenadie is still alive and well, impressing doctors who said she couldn’t do it. “She is kind-hearted, she is loving and wants to share everything with everyone. She is determined and independent”, her mother said. She is the size of a 2-year-old child, but Kenadie goes to normal school and participates in extracurricular activities, as do her peers.
Although Kenadie is the same age as her classmates, her academic development is a bit slower than her peers. But she is determined to learn and loves to deepen other skills, such as cooking. She also enjoys ice-skating and playing with her friends, and her mother couldn’t be prouder of her achievements.
“It makes me proud – it makes me cry – I cry every time she’s on the skating rink. Whatever she does I cry,” Brianne said. “She definitely proved that all these doctors were wrong, she defied all odds, she overcame so many obstacles.”
Kenadie still faces many risks, the greatest threat being an aneurysm. However, mother and daughter live each day as if it were the only one: “My hope for Kenadie’s future – my greatest hope for her – is that I want her to be happy. I want her to smile and be successful.”
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