Mary and Brad Kish of Illinois, USA, waited anxiously to meet their daughter in the late 1990s.
Mary’s pregnancy had been trouble-free, and the birth had gone well. During the delivery, there were no signs that anything was amiss with their infant girl Michelle.
When she opened her eyes, however, physicians instantly noticed that something was wrong. They didn’t know what it was until they combed through medical texts and consulted a geneticist from another institution.
Michelle’s face was wide and childish. She was also losing her hair and had a nose that looked like a little beak.
It was discovered that she had Hallermann-Streiff syndrome, a hereditary condition with just 250 documented instances globally.
At Children’s Memorial Hospital, where Michelle was born, no one had ever seen it in person.
Michelle’s mother expressed that her heart sank when the doctor told them they had Hallermann-Streiff syndrome. She was concerned about how they would care for their child who had a rare genetic disease that was one in five million.
The condition is defined by 28 distinct symptoms, and Michelle suffers from 26 of them. The condition affects just one in every five million individuals, yet it produces a slew of health issues.
Michelle has Hallermann-Streiff syndrome as well as dwarfism, which means she can barely reach over her sister’s waist irrespective of the fact that they are just two years apart in age.
Michelle’s condition necessitates a great deal of support, including an electric wheelchair, hearing aid, probe, respirator, and visual aids.
Michelle and her family have also had to spend a significant amount of time in the hospital as a result of the illness. She is sometimes misidentified as a youngster due to her appearance, despite the fact that she is 25 years old.
Mary the mother stated in 2018 that Michelle, who is 20 years old, is as clever as a poodle, and happier than ever. She’s one of the happiest 20-year-olds she knows. She went on to say her excitement brightens people’s lives. She is aware of her differences, but she does not let them define her.
Michelle is a great and unusual young woman, despite having to struggle against a headwind.
She aspires to be like her older sister and to have a boyfriend, among other things. She doesn’t mind his height since practically all are taller than her, but she wishes he had long hair.
She aspires to be a doctor as well.
Watch the video below to learn more about Michelle; I adore her personality!