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Three Foot Seven

By James Lusted
May 2007, Colwyn Bay
A digital story from Capture Wales

"I love my life very much. I'm 19 years old and I was born with a condition called diastrophic dysplasia, which is a dwarfism. I have a brother who is four years older and he has the same condition, but he's only three foot four.

When I was three years of age, I had a major operation on my neck which has kept me with you today, thanks to a lot of prayers. I had another operation when I was seven. I had what you call lizeroth frames to straighten my legs, and now I can live my life as normal.

I had a great education after my parents fought for my brother and I to attend mainstream school. Why should I go to a special school when the only thing that's special with me is my height.

I have always enjoyed sports and have competed many times and been very successful. I won the Junior Sports Personality award for three years in a row. Dame Tanni Grey Thompson has only won it twice.

I work at the Interchange in Old Colwyn as the assistant operations manager and also taking media studies in Coleg Llandrillo. I have a great family and awesome friends. I love each and every one of them and they know who they are. I thank God for them. I certainly wouldn't be in the position I am now if I didn't have my friends and family.

I've been put on this planet by God to accomplish a mission and I'm enjoying every minute of it. I'm not bothered about how I look, I'm just a bit shorter. I love my life."

Your comments

"Sorry, my english is very bad !! I would call if you. I have 2 (two) son's wich diastrophic dysplasia. They have 4 and 1 years old. You certally make help us wich your life. Tank you." Francielle - Brazil.

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