Toddler Mark Andrews towers over tiny mum Marie. Story in The Sun newspaper…
It isn’t unusual for a son to be taller than his mum. But Marie Andrews is so tiny that at just 19 months, toddler Mark towers over her.
In fact he is almost twice as big as she is.
Marie has severe brittle bones disease and over the years she has suffered hundreds of fractures.
She even suffered a rib break when Mark was three months old and he kicked out while she was changing his nappy.
And the disabled mum has to be careful that he doesn’t bound over and give her too strong a huge as she is so fragile she could be crushed.
When Marie was born doctors didn’t expect her to survive. But miraculously she did and although confined to a wheelchair since childhood – she is unable to stand on her legs – she went on to work as a school secretary.
It was there she met husband Dan, an able-bodied scientist, and the couple have since married. But they longed to have a baby.
Luckily a surrogate stepped forward to carry a child for them and in November 2013 Mark was born.
But what happened next is even more extraordinary as her little boy is now almost twice her size.
She has three personal assistants to come and in and help care for Mark while Dan is at work. But at evenings and weekends she and Dan care for Mark themselves.
Despite the physical difficulties, Marie adores being a mum. And she and Dan are now searching for another surrogate who can help them complete their family with a second baby.
I was originally put in touch with Marie though disabled charity Scope. Marie writes a blog for Scope and the charity is currently running an awareness campaign – End the Awkward campaign about changing attitudes to disability. You can find out more about it on Scope’s own website.
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