Story of 17in high Mom

Marie Andrews is just 17in high due to a severe form of brittle bone disease while her 19-month-old Mark is almost twice her height

Marie was just a few days old when doctors gave her mum Ann the devastating news she had brittle bone disease, osteogenesis imperfecta. The condition, which means her body doesn’t produce enough collagen – the ‘cement,’ which provides bones with strength and flexibility – means she can break an arm just reaching for a cuppa. As an added complication Marie also had a twisted spine, respiratory and heart problems.

Marie as a little girl with her mom

Marie as a little girl with her mom

Miraculously she did survive. By the time Marie was eight she’d had so many fractures she was confined to a wheelchair. However she went to mainstream school eventually leaving to work as a school receptionist.

It was through work when in 2002 she met Dan who had come to school to talk about planets to pupils for a science lesson.

Dan said: “Marie had a great sense of humour and we just clicked. After a while I didn’t notice her disability.”

In June 2013 the pair finally wed – announcing at the reception they were expecting a baby via a surrogate.

Marie-Andrews finally married with Dan Andrews

Marie-Andrews finally married with Dan Andrews

Marie said: “It was a wonderful home birth and I was the first person to hold Mark.”

Toddler is twice as tall as his mum at just 19 months old

Toddler is twice as tall as his mum at just 19 months old

“From the beginning I’ve always had a personal assistant to help me care for Mark at first we had one but now I have three who come in on different days Monday to Friday while Dan’s at work.

"Obviously there are things I physically can’t do. When Mark was a baby someone had to lift him and bring him to me. Now an assistant needs to change his nappy, lift him into his highchair and strap him into a car seat.

“It is agonising for me too that I can’t run after him or quickly pick him up if he’s fallen over.

“But as he grows older he I can call him to come to me. And there is a lot I can do. I always feed him myself, read to him and spend hours playing with him. I can follow him around in my wheelchair and I can drive myself.

Marie Andrews is just 17in high due to a severe form of brittle bone disease while her 19-month-old Mark is almost twice her height
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