By Dave Andrusko
Clearly Rosemary Siggins is not only “smallest mother in the world,” she is also an incredibly strong, brave mother of two.
Christian Post ran a delightful and inspiring profile of Mrs. Siggins on Monday, a woman who told doctors no way was she going to abort her first baby.
Their concern was understandable. She suffered from a rare disease called sacral agenisis (a severe deformation of the spine) and when she was 2 years old, she had to get half of her body removed.
She learned to walk on her hands at first, but eventually began using a skateboard to help her get around. “My skateboard’s so important to me — it is the difference between feeling trapped and feeling free,” she said. (In between she was fitted for prosthetic legs but found them too painful.)
But “When I went to see my specialist, they told me no one with sacral agenesis had ever gone full term and said a baby could crush my internal organs,’ she told Tamara Hardingham-Gill of the Daily Mail.
“No one in the world, since the beginning of time, has ever done this before,” she said. “One doctor even advised an abortion, but I refused.”
“Luckily, it was an easy pregnancy and Luke was born healthy by C-section in January 1999,” she added.
Six years later Mrs. Siggins was pregnant again and that “had medical experts sounding the alarm again. ‘I told her what I thought but I don’t think she appreciated what I said,’ said Dr. Kevin Weary.”
Indeed, carrying Shelby (named for her favorite car) did send a “shockwave of problems”– Siggins “couldn’t breathe properly and was nearly bedridden”–but Shelby was born safely and is doing well, according to a story in the Huffington Post.
Mrs. Siggins is married to Dave Siggins, a 5-foot-11 auto parts store employee.
You can watch a truly inspiration video of Mrs. Siggins life.
Editor’s note. Tip of the hat to Life News.