The question “when” is posed to most married couples, but Charli Worgan and her husband Cullen were asked “why” a lot.
The Sydney-based parents both have a distinct sort of dwarfism and are regularly subjected to public attention, notably when Charli became pregnant with their first child.
The happy Australian mom started a social media account to inform others about their family life after giving birth to their first child; she had no idea how popular her account would go.
Now that the couple has two beautiful girls, Charli has more than 300,000 followers on Instagram.
Recently, Charli disclosed that she was 14 weeks along with her third kid, but it was a bittersweet news.
Every pregnancy, Charli has had to endure extensive genetic testing. Due of Charli and Cullen’s genetic issues, their children may be of ordinary height, inherit both forms of dwarfism, or acquire just one type of dwarfism—which would be disastrous, according to experts.
Charli voiced her sadness at not being able to commemorate her pregnancy’s 12-week milestone like the majority of moms.
“However, at 12 weeks, while most people are happy to be able to announce their pregnancy, I was getting ready for a procedure called Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS, which is comparable to an Amniocentesis). A large needle is inserted into my abdomen to remove a sample of the placenta, which has a 2% miscarriage rate so that the genetic makeup of the embryo can be examined.
They waited to find out which of the four possible dwarfisms Charli’s third kid would have because their two girls, Tilba, 4, and Tully, 2, each had one of the two forms.
- Charli clarified in an Instagram post:
- Our child would be of ordinary height.
- Our child would be dwarfized in the same way as me, with achondroplasia.
The same kind of dwarfism that Cullen has, Geleophysic Dysplasia, would be present in our child.
- Our child would be born with “double dominant dwarfism,” which is the result of inheriting both genetic abnormalities and is considered lethal by all expert medical examinations. Should this have happened, I could have chosen to end the pregnancy or to continue and see how things work out.