Tuesday, July 6, 2010
The world's smallest mother has vowed 'I'll have more children' as she shows off her unlikely baby number three.
Stacey Herald, 36, who is just 2ft 4ins, was warned against becoming pregnant, because a baby could grow too big and crush her lungs and heart.
But determined Stacey, from Kentucky in the USA, has successfully defied doctors three times, and now she and husband Wil, 27, a trainee vicar, who is 5ft 9ins, are thinking about having more babies.
Stacey has a rare genetic condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta, which stunts her growth and causes underdeveloped lungs and brittle bones.
She said: 'Three children is a handful at the moment, but I can see us having more babies in the future.
'We listen to doctors and respect them, but they don't always get it right, so we end up doing what we feel is best.'
The latest addition to the Herald brood is baby Malachi, seven months, who has inherited his mother's condition, along with her eldest daughter Kateri, three. Second daughter Makya, two, is average sized.
Malachi, who was born by a rare vertical caesarian in November, was only allowed home last month after suffering breathing difficulties.
'Malachi was born without any broken bones,' said Stacey .'People with our condition are often born with broken arms and legs because our bones are fragile and can be damaged by the birth.'
But Malachi, who was five inches and 2lb 1oz, had to be placed into an incubator in intensive care.
At 17 days old he fell seriously ill with a virus and then at four weeks he suffered a life-threatening hernia and was rushed in for surgery.
'At one point they told us his heart had stopped and we thought he might not survive,' said Stacey. 'But thankfully the doctors managed to save him. It felt like a miracle to us.'
Malachi, who has small arms and legs because of his condition, grew stronger and was finally able to come home with his mum and dad a month ago.
Stacey is now getting to grips with being a mum of three and the couple have made special adaptations to their home-life to help her cope.
'I've explained that they're all special babies, but that the girls will have to be careful with Malachi, until he's a bit older,' Mrs Herald said.
'When we found out Malachi had my condition it was hard.
'But we knew we would be the best support possible for him, because Kateri and I have both been there already.'
Mr Herald takes care of night feeding and nappy changing because it's too difficult for Stacey, although she does breastfeed the baby during the day.
She also baths the children and changes nappies in the day using a specially-built platform, where she can look after them while staying in her chair.
The family's cupboards are organised so she can reach everything she needs to when her husband isn't home.
'We're pretty busy right now,' she said. 'Sleep is something we really miss.
'Three children would be a challenge for anyone - even normal sized people.'
Stacey, who uses a wheelchair, struggles to cope with daughter Makya, who is already a foot taller than her.
'I can't physically stop Makya if she's upset,' she said. 'She's too big for me now, so Wil has to take care of that.'
Stacey believes the new baby has brought her even closer to her husband than before.
'I didn't think it was possible to love him more,' she said. 'But since we've had our son I think I fall for Wil a bit more each day.'
Just like Western countries, where majority of people, apart from making telephone call, prefer data and voice services, so is the case in Pakistan’s fast changing Telecom scene.
In the backdrop of growing demands of the aforementioned services the reality is that only the network strength could win massive sales, loyal customers and port-in customers. Bad network instantly wean away customers to other operators and resultantly revenues reduce drastically which is a danger sign for any mobile operator
Over the years, Warid has successfully satisfied its customers with quality of services it offer, and probably the only network that sells on its network quality. This fact had also been evident from the PTA Quality of Service report for 2009.
One common thing which people acknowledge in the region is that Warid has always offered most reliable and efficient services in whatever country it operated.
This recent uptake has led telecom operators to offer innovative and unique solutions in a bid to offer good services. Warid got distinction in innovative ideas and came forward withunique solar/green site solution in Pakistan, back in 2008.
Another praiseworthy feature of this development is that it largely reduces burden on national grid of energy starved Pakistan. The amount of precious energy thus saved may well be diverted towards industry or domestic consumption.
In a bid to maintaining exceptional cellular network quality, Warid is the first operator to introduce dedicated In-Building Solution with active Distributed Antennae System (DAS) in Pakistan.
During an interview, Trisha revealed that Akshay has yet to make a fool of her. ?A lot of people have asked me if Akshay has played a prank on me during the shoot. It?s quite shocking as a huge have asked me the same question. But no he has never played a prank on me and it?s quite surprising.? Akshay had not even spared Rajpal Yadav on the sets when he had made calls to Rajpal in a female voice proposing to him!
However that?s not to say that he didn?t trouble her. Akki, who doesn?t memorize his dialogues, had placed the script in the set room for reading during the shoot. Director Priyadarshan removed the document but Akshay suspecting otherwise flicked Trisha?s phone instead. After of searching, she finally went to Priyan Sir, as he is fondly called, who revealed the culprit behind the theft!
is. With columns after columns being devoted to his numerous pranks on his unsuspecting co-stars, it comes as a surprise that his Khatta Meetha female lead Trisha has still to witness Akki?s mischievous side.