Lola and Claire Hartley are just 5ft tall between them and are so small they are carried around in their mother’s arms.
They are severely disabled, visually impaired, cannot walk or talk and suffer regular seizures.
But despite the challenges of bringing them up, their mother Gwen says they still enjoy activities typical of young girls – like listening to rap music and watching wedding programmes.
Lola and Claire Hartley (left to right), 9 and 14, weight three stone between them and are five foot tall due to a rare neurological condition associated with dwarfism. They are pictured with mother Gwen, 40
The sisters were both born with dwarfism as well as a rare neurological condition called microcephaly, which is associated with a smallness of the head and incomplete brain development.
After the eldest Claire was born, doctors told Mrs Hartley and husband Scott that she wouldn’t survive past a year.
They became determined to cherish each moment with their daughter, foregoing drugs and feeding her a healthy diet, and she defied doctors to survive.
Now, despite their daughters’ disabilities, Mrs Hartley, from Kansas says they bring the family great joy.
Claire and Lola have microcephaly, a rare neurological condition which causes small heads, abnormal brain development
‘Claire is laid back and goes with the flow, while Lola is feisty and needy. She wants to be cuddled all the time.’
Mrs Hartley had a normal pregnancy and a scan she had at 19 weeks did not show any signs of abnormalities.
But when Claire, now 14, was born, she had a small head and body, and at three months old, she was diagnosed with microcephaly.
This a neurological condition where an infant’s head is significantly smaller, and their brain does not develop in the same way.
It is usually is the result of the brain developing abnormally in the womb or not growing as it should after birth.
To their horror, Mr and Mrs Hartley were told their daughter would be unlikely to live to see her first birthday, and she became very underweight and struggled to keep down food.
Mrs Hartley said: ‘It was a shock to see her when Claire was born.
‘When she was diagnosed, we were told that some people with the condition did well and could grow up to walk and talk and live until their forties.
‘But others suffered seizures and only lived until they were one.
‘At the time, Claire would vomit after each feed so she wasn’t gaining weight, and I was told she might die from pneumonia.
‘We were told to prepare for the worst.’
They decided to cherish every day they had with their daughter, feeding her a diet of fruit and vegetables, meat, eggs, and goats milk along with natural supplements.
She said: ‘We’d been told if we put her on drugs and tweak these until we had the right combo for her, we’d be lucky to get a year with her.
‘So we decided to go home and try something more natural to see what happened.’
‘We felt like we were living on borrowed time, waiting around for her to get sick.
‘But we tried to see every day we had with her as if it was a gift.’
The girls cannot walk, talk and are visually impaired. They also have seizures, but their mother says they are not painful and do not restrict their breathing
Despite the challenges of their disabilities, Mrs Hartley and her husband Scott, 40, say the girls have personalities of their own. Recently, their big brother Cal, 17, has involved them in basketball games by asking his team to fist-bump them as they run on to court
Soon, she stopped vomiting and gained weight, which allowed her body to grow stronger.
She suffered a cold at seven months old, which her mother admitted she thought was ‘the beginning of the end’, but recovered.
Five months later, her parents celebrated her first birthday with a huge party, as it was a milestone they never thought they would see.
Then, when Claire was four, Mrs Hartley fell pregnant with Lola.
Test in the womb revealed she too suffered from microcephaly, and though a termination was discussed, Mrs Hartley refused it.
She said: ‘Lola was on track then at 26 weeks we were told her head measurements were five weeks behind what they should be and she had the condition.
‘We treated her like we had with Claire, though, and she’s been fine.’
The girls cannot walk, talk or make any movements to feed themselves, dress themselves or play.
Mrs Hartley says the girls communicate with their family through their eyes. They also interact with them with special sensory toys in a darkened room
Mrs Hartley says her daughters are like other typical girls, enjoying listening to rap music and watching wedding programmes
They also have daily seizures, but these are not painful and don’t restrict their breathing.
Doctors do not know if they will ever learn to talk or move, but Mrs Hartley said recently she was delighted to see Claire appear to push away her glasses.
Their parents interact with them using sensory toys in a darkened room, and Mrs Hartley said they have personalities of their own.
She said: ‘They make sounds, communicate with their eyes and we know they can understand us.
‘They smile and laugh and recognise people. I know they know who we are.
‘They’re like any other girls they’re age. They like gangster rap, R&B and pop. They like Eminem.
‘They love the beat and Claire smiles when rap comes on the radio.
‘When their teachers play them nursery rhymes they look bored and pull faces.’
The girls are also big sports fans and their big brother Cal, 17, has involved them in basketball games by asking his team to fist-bump them as they run on to court.
Mrs Hartley said her daughters are ‘like celebrities’ in the local community.
She said: ‘The girls have grown up in the same community and the community embrace the girls. They’re like little celebs here. They’re well known.
‘Their brother, Cal, is really proud of them. He’s never said he’s sad that they are the way they are.
‘When I was pregnant with Lola, and we weren’t sure if she’d survive, he said, “I don’t care if she lives long, I just want to know her, even for a little bit.”
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