Against all the odds, the couple has now had three beautiful babies!
What can be considered “different” and what, on the contrary, is “normal”? Charli Worgan and her husband, Cullen Adams, have often been considered different because they both carry rare forms of ᴅᴡᴀʀꜰɪsᴍ.
This “difference” has always been a gift, which is why they decided to share their life – that of an ordinary family – on social media, particularly Instagram. And life reserved another gift for this couple: it gave them three beautiful children.
Many people think that people with ᴅᴡᴀʀꜰɪsᴍ cannot conceive children or that, if possible, their children will be born with defects or will themselves be carriers of ᴅᴡᴀʀꜰɪsᴍ. However, this couple proved them all wrong! Charli is an Australian carrier of ᴀᴄʜᴏɴᴅʀᴏᴘʟᴀsɪᴀ, a form of ᴅᴡᴀʀꜰɪsᴍ, and in 2012 she married Cullen, a man with ᴀᴄʜʀᴏᴍɪᴄ ᴅʏsᴘʟᴀsɪᴀ, a condition that prevents his body from growing taller. The two have always dreamed of starting a family. They knew that their children could inherit their physical condition, but after years of doubts and fears, Charli got pregnant for the first time in 2015.
“Since Cullen’s short stature and mine are due to different ɢᴇɴᴇᴛɪᴄ ᴅᴇꜰᴇᴄᴛs, there are four possibilities: our babies could be of normal height or born with my ᴀᴄʜᴏɴᴅʀᴏᴘʟᴀsɪᴀ or Cullen’s ᴀᴄʜʀᴏᴍɪᴄ ᴅʏsᴘʟᴀsɪᴀ. There is also the possibility of developing both defects, meaning he would not survive long after birth. I would have had the choice, should this occur, to carry on and see how things go or to ᴛᴇʀᴍɪɴᴀᴛᴇ the pregnancy,” wrote Charli on Instagram.
The first pregnancy went better than expected, and the firstborn inherited the “genetic defect” of maternal ᴀᴄʜᴏɴᴅʀᴏᴘʟᴀsɪᴀ; Charli became pregnant again in 2018, and the baby inherited the ᴘᴀᴛʜᴏʟᴏɢʏ from the father. In 2020, Charli became pregnant for the third time; the baby, however, did not inherit the ᴘᴇᴄᴜʟɪᴀʀɪᴛɪᴇs of the parents and was born with a size considered “standard.” The parents’ joy when they heard the news was immense.
“I’ve copped ᴄʀɪᴛɪᴄɪsᴍ for choosing to have babies with these odds, and that’s a whole story in itself; however, by sharing this tiny piece of the puzzle, those who doubt can see that bringing a child into this world with my odds is no simple decision, and it’s all about being kind,” said the mother.
“I’m so happy to be pregnant again this time. I am also infinitely grateful to have been lucky each time with my children because of the genetic ʀɪsᴋs that could have arisen. I feel like this baby is going to give me the ultimate satisfaction because now our family is finally complete!” she added.
A happy and unique family in its “diversity,” what else does it matter?