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According to court documents filed this month in Tippecanoe County, Kristine and Michael Barnett adopted a Ukrainian-born girl with dwarfism in and abandoned her three years later in Lafayette, Indiana, when they moved to Canada with their other children. Charged with neglect of a dependent, both were released on bond last week from the Tippecanoe County Jail last week.

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Midgetin human anatomy, a person of very small stature whose bodily proportions, intelligence, and sexual development are within the normal range.

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Frequently Asked Questions. What is the definition of dwarfism?

What are the most common types of dwarfism? What is a midget? What is the medical prognosis of a person with short stature?

I've heard that car airbags can be dangerous to people of short stature. Should I have the airbag in my car disconnected? Can short-statured couples become parents? Of children with dwarfism? Of average-size children? What is LPA's position on the implications of these discoveries in genetics? We are parents of a newborn child who has been diagnosed with achondroplasia, and our pediatrician doesn't know anything about it.

What should we do?

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We have heard that very young achondroplastic children can run into a variety of complications. What should we be looking for? My dwarf child will soon undergo surgery. What special considerations regarding anesthesia should be taken into ? We've heard about an operation to lengthen an achondroplastic dwarf's legs and arms that can make them a similar height as their peers.

Should we consider this? Q : What is the definition of dwarfism? A: Little People of America LPA defines dwarfism as a medical or genetic condition that usually in an adult height of 4'10" or shorter, among both men and women, although in some cases a person with a dwarfing condition may be slightly taller than that.

A: T he most frequently diagnosed cause of short stature is achondroplasia, a genetic condition that in disproportionately short arms and legs. The average height of adults with achondroplasia is 4'0".

Other relatively common genetic conditions that result in disproportionate short stature include spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia congenita SEDcdiastrophic dysplasia, pseudoachondroplasia, hypochondroplasiaand osteogenesis imperfecta OI. As one might expect from their names, pseudoachondroplasia and hypochondroplasia are conditions that have been confused midget achondroplasia; diastrophic dysplasia occasionally is, too. OI is characterized by fragile bones that fracture easily.

According to information compiled by the Greenberg Center at Johns Hopkins Medical Center and by the late Lee Kitchens, a past president of LPA, the frequency of occurrence of the most common types of dwarfism is as follows: 1. Achondroplasia one per 26, to 40, births 2. SEDc one per 95, births 3. Diastrophic dysplasia one perbirths. Proportionate dwarfism -- short-stature conditions that result in the arms, legs, trunk, and adult being in the same proportion relative size to one another as in an average-size person -- is often the result of a hormonal deficiency, and may be treated medically, resulting in an average or near average height.

There are not such treatments available for people with disproportionate short stature.

Q : What is a midget? A: In some circles, a midget is the term used for a proportionate dwarf. However, the term has fallen into disfavor and is considered offensive by most people of short stature.

The term dates back tothe height of the "freak show" era, and was generally applied only to short-statured persons who were displayed for public amusement, which is why it is considered so unacceptable today. Such terms as dwarf, little person, LP, and person of short stature are all acceptable, but most people would rather be referred to by their name than by a label. Q : What is the medical prognosis of a person with short stature?

A: It varies from condition to condition, and with the severity of that condition in each individual. However, the majority of LPs enjoy normal intelligence, normal life spans, and reasonably good health.

Many will require surgeries or other medical interventions to address complications and maximize mobility. Orthopedic complications are not unusual in people with disproportionate dwarfism such as achondroplasia and diastrophic dysplasia, and sometimes surgery is required. A common problem, especially in adults, is spinal stenosis -- a condition in w hich the opening in the spinal column is too small to accommodate the spinal cord.

It can be treated with a type of surgery called a laminectomy.

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Q : Is dwarfism considered a disability? A: Opinions vary within the dwarf community about whether or not this term applies to us. Certainly many short-statured people could be considered disabled as a midget of conditions, mainly orthopedic, related to their type of dwarfism.

In addition, access issues and problems exist even for healthy LPs. Consider, for example, the simple fact that most achondroplastic adults cannot reach an automated teller machine. LPA is working to make common activities easily reachable by people with dwarfism - including gas pumps, pay phones, and ATM's. Dwarfism is a recognized condition under the Americans with Disabilities Act. Q : Are people with dwarfism able to participate in athletic activities? A:Yes, adult the limits of their individual medical diagnoses. For instance, swimming and bicycling are often recommended for people with skeletal dysplasias, since those activities put minimal pressure on the spine.

Long-distance running and contact sports can be harmful due to the potential of ificant pressure or impact on the spine.

Q: I've heard that car airbags can be dangerous to people of short stature. A: You certainly may want to consider taking such a step. You can find out more at the National Highway Transportation Safety Admi nistration's airbag information site. Q: Can average-size people become the parents of children with dwarfism?

LPA is deeply concerned that as it becomes increasingly common to diagnose genetic conditions in utero, including dwarfism, prospective parents will find it difficult to obtain the data they need to make an informed decision as to whether to continue with the pregnancy.

How are the terms "dwarf," "little person," and "person of short stature" commonly used?

Genetic testing carries with it frightening implications for a whole range of issues, including a person's right to obtain medical and other forms of insurance. LPA believes strongly that prospective parents who become familiar with the full, productive lives led by little people will not likely choose termination.

Q: Can short-statured couples become parents? A: Yes. The odds vary with diagnosis, but a person with achondroplasia has one dwarfism gene and one "average-size" gene. If both parents have achondroplasia, there is a 25 percent chance their child will inherit the non-dwarfism gene from each parent and thus be average-size. There's a 50 percent chance the child will inherit one dwarfism gene and one non-dwarfism gene and thus have achondroplasia, just like her or his parents.

And there is a 25 percent chance the child will inherit both dwarfism genes, a condition known a double-dominant syndrome, and which invariably ends in death at birth or shortly thereafter. Q: Has the gene for achondroplasia been discovered? A: The gene for achondroplasia was located and identified for the first time in by a team of scientists at the University of California in Irvine.

The lead scientist, the late Dr. John Wasmuth, urged that in-utero screening for achondroplasia be prohibited except to detect double-dominant syndrome among achondroplastic couples. Q: What is LPA's position on the implications of these discoveries in genetics? The short statured community and society in general have become increasingly aware of eugenics movements efforts to improve human qualities by selection of certain traits in medical history in the U.

Along with other persons affected by genetic disorders, we are not adult concerned as to how our health needs will be met under dramatically changing health care systems, but how the use of genetic technologies will affect our quality of life, medically, as midget as socially.

What will be the impact of the identification of the genes causing dwarfism, not only on our personal lives and our needs, but on how society views us as individuals? The gene for achondroplasia, the most common type of dwarfism, was discovered in The mutation, affecting growth, especially in the long bones, occurs early in fetal development in one out of every twenty thousand births.

Since the achondroplasia gene discovery, genes for many other forms of dwarfism have been located and identified, including those for spondyloepiphyseal dysplasia, diastrophic dwarfism and pseudoachondroplasia. These discoveries occurred much more rapidly than either the members of Little People of America LPA or the medical community had anticipated. Suddenly and unexpectedly, LPA was placed right in the middle of the medical, adult and ethical debate surrounding the midget new world of genetic technology.