Jaime Jenkins, who is 23 years old, lives in Sydney, Australia, with her boyfriend Jakob Lang.
They had been together for a long time and were excited for their first child to be born. But by the 12th week of pregnancy, doctors had already told the parents that something was wrong with the baby’s development. The scared mother didn’t know what to do.
Jamie and Jacob didn’t know what was wrong with their baby for a long time. There were only a few weeks left until the happy day. The doctors told the parents-to-be that their daughter’s lungs were not fully developed. Experts were sure that the baby would die as soon as it was born, so they recommended ending the pregnancy.
But the young mom didn’t agree. Jamie says, “I could feel her kicking.” We have already decided what to call her. I had no choice but to give her a chance at life.”
Helena’s parents were ready to say goodbye to her when she was born. Doctors said she didn’t have a chance to live. But no matter what happened, the girl got stronger each day. Six weeks later, the doctors finally figured out what was wrong with Helena. She had pituitary dwarfism, which is also called dwarfism.
The girl was in the hospital for three months. Three times, she was close to dying. During this time, young parents took a special class to learn how to take care of their daughter’s health.
Doctors have found that Jamie and Jacob both have a genetic tendency to be short, even though they are both under 1.8 feet tall. If they have another child, there is a one-in-three chance that he will also get the disease.
But when the couple isn’t thinking about adding to their family, they spend all their time with their “inch,” which is what Helena’s parents call her.
They often dress her up as a princess to make her smile and cheer her up, since she still has to go through painful medical procedures and tests all the time. Helena smiles happily in every picture because she likes being loved and cared for.
Helena, who is only one year old, is already working as a model. After hearing her story, companies that make clothes for kids made a deal with her family.
Parents know that their daughter’s story can help people all over the world fight serious illnesses. So, the baby already has a Facebook page of her own. Jamie says, “Helena never fails to amaze us.” “She is so great.
And we hope that her example will help other parents whose children also have this disease.” Helena has to go to the hospital every two weeks to get checked out, but her parents do their best to make sure she has a happy and cloud-free childhood no matter what. The girl will have a hard time in life. So I hope it will be long and full of happiness.
Helena’s story can help a lot of people who are going through hard times to have faith in themselves and not give up. Tell your friends about it.