Danielle Griffin and Psuedoachondroplasia

April 15, 2014 | 0

Danielle Griffin suffers from a rare form of dwarfism that affects only about four in a million people. She suffers from psuedoachondroplasia. The maximum height Danielle can expect to reach is three feet and ten inches. In her adulthood, she will live a life at the size of a child aged six years.And as Pediatric Endocrinologist, Professor Dattani explains, the psuedoachondroplasia condition is extremely unusual.

It is more unusual than the form of dwarfism people see often, the achondroplasia. Psuedoachondroplasia is a form of condition in which the bones form badly during development. However, there is very little medical science can do in terms of offering treatment, but doctors and medical specialists can be very supportive through aspects such as physiotherapy and treatment of other symptoms that may arise.

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During her birth, Danielle was normal and healthy weighting 7lb and 2 oz. Her length was 20 inches which was normal. Those affected with psuedoachondroplasia develop in the womb normally with normal weight and height. At birth, the appearance of children with the condition appears normal and healthy. In addition, the average baby skeleton is able to develop steadily at birth with the trunk and limbs growing in proportion.

However, at the age of two years, the growth of the baby slows down. The arms and legs in particular grow out of proportion with the trunk. With Danielle, she began showing a height that is off the chart when she was eleven months. Her parents were extremely shocked when Danielle was diagnosed with psuedoachondroplasia. It may not have occurred to them that their daughter would be suffering from the condition at birth because the child was normal.

A baby who has psuedoachondroplasia develops normally until he or she attain the age of two years. Considering that there was no genetic history of dwarfism in the parents, and the family at large, this might have come as a shocking thing for them. However, they had to endure it and learn to live with it. It was a trying moment for the parents.

The condition occurs out of the blue affecting a child due to changes within a single gene. It is also possible that the parents did not carry that gene. Because of the condition, Danielle tried to adjust to school life and was involved in most things which her friends did. However, some activities like hockey, netball, and rounders were out of question, and she spend more time in choir.

The length of her limbs do not allow her to run or walk fast like her friends in school and she spend some time swimming, which she loves. With this condition, it does not just affect growth of skeleton but also the joints. Danielle’s Pediatric Orthopaedic Surgeon, Miss Eastwood explained that Danielle has very loose ligaments in most of the joints. The loose ligaments are noticeable in wrists where they go all over the place. Although she has normal amount of muscle, it is spread out through a small length bones something that makes the muscle tissues to be chubby.

The bones and joints experience severe pain. Because the ligaments are loose, she strains her joints heavily than other people do. One symptom of this condition is the presence of bowing lower legs. However, this can improve through orthopaedic surgery where the bones are broken and then straightened. Although Danielle had this kind of surgery when she was three, it was not as successful as the family anticipated.

Danielle has wished the surgery to be done again to try and see if it achieves better results but this would mean that her doctor Miss Eastwood would have to examine her again using the latest X-Rays. Danielle made a trip to London to request her surgeon Miss Eastwood whether she could have a second time surgery. But before the surgeon made the decision to do a second surgery, the surgeon has to look at the condition with modern X-rays technology.

The doctor reported that technically, the previous operation was successful because the bones that had been broken and made straight were okay. However, the problem is more than what Danielle thinks. It is not just about the curvature of her bones but it is much about looseness of the joints. This is what is causing Danielle to have the pains and aches she experiences. This implies that the decision as to have a second surgery does not align with the hopes of Danielle.

It may not help her gain valuable centimeters in her height. Although Danielle believed that for the first time in a period of nine years she was the only dwarf in the world, however, she managed to meet other families who were experiencing the same. She and her family attended a restricted growth convention where they had an opportunity to meet others who shared the same condition. She was really astonished to meet others like Jodie and Lauren who have similar conditions.

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