The Baby That Just Won't Grow

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At nine months old today, my son Ezra weighs 25 pounds and is 30 inches tall. He's a big kid, but not exceptionally so. Over in England, though, there is a little girl that makes Ezra seem like Andre the Giant. At 14 months, Suraya Brown weighs barely more than seven pounds and is only nineteen inches long. According to pediatric growth charts, she should weigh at least 20 pounds.

Suraya has been poked and prodded by pediatricians, nutritionists, geneticists and hormone experts. "The doctors haven't got a clue what is wrong with her," worried Atlanta Ruzman, Suraya's mom. "She cannot sit, talk or crawl, and she has to be fed through a tube to keep her alive. But she just hasn't been putting on any weight."

"She is a just like a real-life doll," said Ruzman. "In fact my other daughter has a doll that is bigger than her." Her first daughter, Akilah, at two-and-a-half, was walking at nine months and is big for her age.

One theory her doctors
are investigating is that Suraya's body is resistant to its own growth hormones. "I have certainly never seen anything like this," said Dr. Jide Menakaya. "She is a very interesting little baby."

"Interesting" is a word no parent wants to hear from the pediatrician. Hopefully, Suraya will start putting on weight and grow. In the meantime, I'm going to stop complaining about Ezra weighing a ton when I carry him. I'm just glad he's thriving and healthy.

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