Reality TV stars Zach and Tori Roloff have revealed their new baby has the same condition as his father, Zach. Zach has a form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. The couple had a 50 percent chance of passing it on to their baby.
The couple shared that their son was born with achondroplasia, like his father. Achondroplasia is the most common form of dwarfism and the couple knew they had a 50/50 chance of passing the gene on to their child.
“You have to encourage a dwarf child a little more because it will take them five steps to do what others can do in two,” Zach said. “But I knew, dwarf or not, I was going to parent my child with the mentality that not everyone gets a trophy. You have to earn it.”
Men born with achondroplasia grow to be 4’4″ with a normal lifespan. Babies born with the condition could have trouble breathing or delays in muscle development, but, the parents are ready to handle all of that.
“I want people to know that he’s just like his dad: being a dwarf is just part of the whole package of who he is,” Zach told the magazine.
Zach and Tori knew about their son’s diagnosis during the 34 week ultrasound and told their family right away. They decided to wait until after the birth to discuss the diagnosis publicly.
“We knew our chances of having a dwarf, but it didn’t matter,” Tori said. “We just knew we wanted to be parents, however God wanted it to happen.”
Now that the story is out there, the new parents hope to help educate and provide comfort to parents of dwarfs. Zach said that he has already received emails from concerned parents who found support in watching their TLC reality series.