World’s smallest mother dies at 44 after giving birth to 3 children
The world’s smallest ever mother has sadly passed away at the age of 44 after leading a remarkable life.
Stacey Herald, who was just 2ft 4ins, had a rare genetic condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta, which stunted her growth and caused underdeveloped lungs and brittle bones.
The beloved mother leaves behind husband Wil, 35, daughters Kateri, 11, and Makya, 10, and son Malachi, eight, who all live together in the family home in Kentucky.
Stacey became a mother against the advice of doctors, who warned that if she got pregnant, the baby could grow too big and crush her lungs and heart.
However, the mother-of-three defied medics to have a family, giving birth to three children in just three years, however two of her kids – Kateri and Malachi – inherited her condition, something the family had hoped to avoid.
Her youngest child, Malachi, was born eight weeks prematurely by caesarian section on November 28, 2010, weighing just 2lb 10oz.
Stacey, who had 34 stitches across her stomach from the procedure, said at the time: ‘He’s the most beautiful perfect boy I’ve ever seen.
‘All I want to do is stay by his side.’
She added: ‘Malachi was born without any broken bones.
‘People with our condition are often born with broken arms and legs because our bones are fragile and can be damaged by the birth.
‘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.
‘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.’
Despite being confined to a wheelchair, Stacey played an active part in looking after the children, along with her husband Wil, who she married in 2004 after meeting him in 2000 while she was working in a supermarket.
She breastfed Malachi and had a specially built platform that allowed her to bathe them and change nappies from her wheelchair.
However, despite the difficulties she faced – and the incredible danger she risked giving birth – Stacey loved being a mother, explaining that she considered herself to be a ‘miracle’ and knew that her babies ‘would be miracles, too’.