When Matthew Riddle III was born, he weighed little more than 510 grams and, seven months on, he is yet to hit 2kg.
But this gorgeous boy’s family is determined he will live a normal and happy life.
Little Matthew’s mum, Jenevieve Cook was induced when she was just 28 weeks pregnant with Matthew, after doctors noticed he wasn’t growing as expected.
At first, doctors expected Matthew would not live long believing his brain had stopped growing. But three months later, he was diagnosed with a rare condition called microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II (MOPDII).
While many challenges still lay ahead, Matthew’s prognosis is now much better.
“We were told Matthew would walk, he would talk, he would go to school, he would just be extraordinarily small,” Jenevieve told WLKY News.
Now seven months old, Matthew weighs about 1.8kg and is regularly mistaken for a newborn and many of his clothes come from Build-A-Bear or dolls.
Matthew has already undergone surgery, and has many more ahead to prevent strokes and brain aneurysms, which are common in people with MOPDII.
“We do get a lot of people who are encouraging and they’re kind. But we also get a lot of people that are just beyond belief and they’re shocked when they see him,” Jenevieve says.
The family have set up a GoFundMe page to help with the ongoing costs and help raise awareness.
“Matthew will be just like everybody else. He’ll be out there throwing the ball like a regular kid, he’s just extra small, there is nothing wrong with just being different,” Jenevieve says.