17 Oct 2012

Meet Charlotte Garside - World's smallest girl

Five-year-old Charlotte Garside is just 68cm tall and weighs less than 9lbs, she is no bigger than a newborn and smaller than her favourite teddy.

Charlotte was born with a form of Primordial Dwarfism so rare doctors don't even have a name for it.

But despite being warned she could die before the age of one, Charlotte has developed into a boisterous and inquisitive girl

Emma, 30, of Withernsea, East Yorks, said: 'Although Charlotte is a one-in-a-million baby with some health problems, she is not the sort of person who will fade into the background.



'She may be small but she has a massive personality and wants to do everything a normal five-year-old does.

'She is very inquisitive and the school have already told us she has a learning age of a three-year-old, which is higher than we thought.

'Of course, I was worried she could get hurt by the other children, but she has her own tutor look after her and she's not as fragile as you'd think.'

When she was born, Charlotte weighed less than 2lbs, measured 25cm and had to be dressed in dolls' clothes.

Emma carried the tiny baby around in the front pocket of her hoodie and put her in nappies the size of a credit card.

Now measuring less than 70cm, she still wears clothes for newborns and is even dwarfed by the family's pet cat.






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