Baltimore County Mom With Rare Disorder Has Strong Message
Updated: Tuesday, November 5 2013, 11:12 PM EST
A single mom who works in Baltimore County has been a medical mystery for years. While some researchers are gearing up to do an in-depth study, hoping to zero in on her rare disorder, this working mom has a strong message for the world.
Imani knows first-hand about challenges - she's barely over three feet tall and after giving birth to her daughter, she lost her eyesight. But this single mom doesn't let anything slow her down, not even her rare condition that has baffled doctors for years.
"When I got pregnant that's when it became a big medical issue," Imani said. "They're like 'We don't know what kind of dwarf you are so let's try to figure out what category you fall in.' And then they're like 'We can't figure it out because your features are normal but your limbs are short.'"
Though Imani had a very troubled pregnancy her now 8-year-old daughter Arianna is healthy on all fronts. Only Imani's health is a concern.
"What frustrates me the most is that I cannot get any answers," Imani said.
For now they concentrate on Imani's gifts, her spirit, her courage and her strength.
"Different people are made different ways and people can come in all sizes," Imani said. Her daughter Arianna added, "It doesn't matter if you're big or small, all that matters is God loves you and that's just the way God made you."
Today Imani works in Towson, helping disabled people. "I like to give them hope that there is another option," Imani said. She recently won 'employee of the year,' presented by the Baltimore County Commission on Disabilities.