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Monday, May 14, 2012

Real People, Real Life 7 Dwarfs - The Johnston Family

Saw this in on of the posting of Dailymail UK... Let us read their amazing story...

From left: Sisters Elizabeth and Ana, husband Trent and wife Amber, brother Jonah and sister Emma, and Alex from South Korea
 To the outside world, they may look different from everyone else.

Brad and Angelina of Little People: Friends have compared the Johnstons to the famous couple because of how they embrace the heritage and culture of each of their children

Anderson show: The news anchor and talk show host brought the family in for a chat about being real life dwarfs

But for the Johnston family, the only difference between them and everyone else is that they are a little smaller.
The True Seven Dwarfs: From left, biological child Elizabeth, Ana from Siberia, Jonah, mom Amber, dad Trent, Alex from South Korea and Emma from China

Multi-cultural: The Johnston children are a mix of American, Siberian, Chinese and South Korean
Amber and Trent Johnson, from Barnesville, Georgia, and their five children are the largest family of achondroplasia dwarfs, with a type of dwarfism that affects the extremities. 

They call themselves 'the real life seven dwarfs' and embrace their size, and say they 'strive to raise their children in the world that's not built for them'.

Instead of adapting their home to fit the family, who are no more than four feet tall, they instead encourage their children to overcome the hurdles - for example, placing step stools to help them reach cupboards and attaching sticks to light switches.

Trent and Amber met at a little people's convention, dated for almost four years and married. Five months later Amber was pregnant.

Trent came from a family of dwarfs, but Amber's family were full size. They knew there was a possibility that their first child could be full size, but at 31 weeks discovered Jonah also had achondroplasia dwarfism.

They were very happy as they wanted kids who were 'like them', they said.
Sister act: Blonde sisters Ana and Elizabeth give younger sister Emma from China a kiss on the cheek

The birth of their second biological child Elizabeth was very traumatic for Amber - at one point she was only 48 inches tall but measured 51 inches around.

They both wanted a big family, but instead of putting Amber at any more risk with another traumatic pregnancy they decided to adopt to extend their brood of dwarfs.

Dwarfs are often put up for adoption and are also treated badly in other countries because of difference.

Amber and Trent decided to adopt three children from diffrenet parts of the world - Ana from Siberia, Alex from South Korea and Emma from China.

They told their friend's joke they are the 'Brad and Angelina of Little People', because of the way they embrace the culture of their children.

The Johnston did not take out any loans to adopt, nor do they receive any govenrmnent hand outs to help their children - despite the fact they are considered to have a disability.

Instead, they lived on various grants to make it work financially.

Trent said: 'We live within our means. We try to do everything ourselves.'

Amber added: 'I believe there are little people that are truly disabled. But our family is not.'

Amber is a stay-at-home mom and is hands on with school activities like the Parent-Teacher Association and Girl Scouts.

Trent crafts pedal extensions for cars to help dwarfs drive. His main job is as the grounds supervisors at a local college.

Though people stare at them, the Johnston try to ignore it and carry on with their lives.

Amber said some people even stop and take photographs of them in the street.

For the children, it is more difficult because they get bullied at school.

When Elizabeth was in third grade, bullied called her a midget. She simply told them: 'Thats how God made me - that's how he loves me.".

For more stories, read them at ABC News


SueriaSun said...

Life is beutifull,you have such a wonderfull kids..Ammar is the most special one..Allah Have chosen you to becomne the MOST HEBAT UMMI ever!! Happy Mothers Day Ummi Amirah

Amirah Bakri said...

Thanks sue... happy Mother's Day to you too...

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