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Britain’s Smallest Mother On Life With Son Aidan, 1, Who Is Taller Than Her

April 27, 2010

This is part of the Debate on DisAbility and Parenting at Same Difference.

Britain’s smallest mother has described the difficulties of caring for a baby son who is almost as tall as her.

Amanda Moore, 25, of Hinckley, Leicestershire, risked her life to give birth to Aidan, now aged 14 months.

She has a rare bone disease which stunted her growth at 3ft 1in (0.9m) and left her unable to stand.

At 2ft 6in (0.7m), Aidan is taller than his mother when she is seated. Ms Moore said: “Now he’s walking he’s more than a handful for someone my size.”

She said she believes Aidan could end up being as tall as his father, Steven Fyfe, 20, who is 6ft 1ins (1.8m).

Most boys are bigger than their mums but not after a year
Amanda Moore

Ms Moore added: “When I sit on the floor to play with him, he is taller than me already and he’s only 14 months old.

“He’s getting so big and strong that soon we’ll have to tell him to be gentle with Mummy.

“It’s been a struggle because he’s been running rings around me since he was crawling.

“Most boys are bigger than their mums but not after a year.”

Ms Moore suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta – commonly known as brittle bone disorder.

‘Very lucky family’

Born with 14 broken bones herself, she said doctors warned her becoming pregnant could prove fatal.

But Aidan was born in February 2009 weighing 5lbs 5oz and had not inherited his mother’s bone condition.

He now weighs 22lbs (9.9kg) – almost half his mother’s four stones (25.4kg).

Ms Moore said: “Soon Aidan will be bigger than me and we are working out how I can move him around the house in my chair while Steven is at work.”

The couple said they have not ruled out having another child.

Mr Fyfe said: “It’s been a struggle but Aidan is doing so well.

“He’s a big boy and will soon be much bigger than his mother.

“When Amanda became pregnant doctors told us she or the baby could die, or even both of them.

“But they are both fighting fit and we are a very lucky family.”

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