A successful author asked help from a specialized bank in order to become pregnant. Sh e made a father choice based on the pictures the relevant doctors had given him, and then had IVF treatment at a Moscow-area private facility.

Nothing unusual so far, and the man she picked had rich hair, a college degree, outstanding physical condition, and a height of 1.82 meters.

The 40-year-old lady, whose name was kept a secret, thought that this was her final chance to conceive given her advanced age. Later on, though, the woman experienced major medical issues, which came as a shock.

Achondroplasia was identified in the unborn child. One child out of every 20,000 suffers from this uncommon, incurable condition. Dwarfism is one of this illness’ effects.

When the baby’s mother gave birth, she was informed that her boy would grow to a maximum height of 1.20 meters, and simple features won’t grow normally, neither will limbs.

The woman, who is telling the drama she is going through, wants to warn the sperm bank’s clients about such risks. The bank has been sued, and the litigation is still pending.

A large head with a prominent forehead

A hereditary condition called achondroplasia causes dwarfism. The torso is typically normal length, but the limbs and legs are short.

Men and women who are afflicted are on average 131 cm and 123 cm tall, respectively. A larger head and a prominent forehead are further features. Intelligence is unaffected by the illness.

A mutation in the fibroblast growth factor receptor 3 gene causes achondroplasia (FGFR3). It manifests as a new mutation in the early stages of development in roughly 80% of instances. In other instances, it is inherited autosomally dominantly from a person’s parents.

The diagnosis is often made based on symptoms, but if there is any doubt, genetic testing may be used to support it.