Share
News

Mom Thought She Was Bringing Her Baby Home to Die, But Her Little Girl Proved Doctors Wrong

Share

In 2003, Brianne Jourdin gave birth to a baby girl. Little Kenadie weighed in at just 2.5 pounds and measured only 11 inches.

Part of her brain was missing, and she was so small, the nurses called her “Thumbelina.”

Doctors told Brianne that her daughter would most likely pass away from severe brain damage, and gave her just days to live.

Unsure of how much time she would have with her, Brianne took Kenadie to be baptized the day she was born.

“It was like mourning,” Brianne said. “The idea of all of the life that you imagined for your child has suddenly been taken away.”

Trending:
Video Shows Al Sharpton Forced to Shut Down Border Press Conference When Protesters Descend: 'Get Out of Texas'

Kenadie miraculously lived past the grim life expectancy she was given, and at 8 months old, was diagnosed with a rare form of primordial dwarfism.



The condition can cause premature aging, bone fragility, respiratory issues, and more.

But 14 years later, Kenadie is still alive and thriving, baffling the doctors that once said she wouldn’t make it.



“She’s kind hearted, she is loving and wants to share everything with everyone. She is feisty, determined and independent,” her mom said.

While she stands at the size of a 2-year-old, Kenadie goes to a normal school and participates in extracurricular activities just like her peers.

Although Kenadie is the same age as her classmates, her academic development is lower. But she is determined to learn, and she instead studies other subjects and skills, such as cooking.

She also loves to ice skate and go bowling with her friends, and her mom couldn’t be more proud of her achievements.

Related:
US Women's Soccer Team Denounces Deal That Offered Them the Exact Same Contract as the Men


“It makes me proud– it makes me cry– I cry every time she’s on the skating rink. Everything she does I cry,” Brianne said. “She has definitely proved all those doctors wrong. She had defied all odds. She has overcome so many obstacles.”

Kenadie still faces many risks, but perhaps the biggest is the threat of an aneurysm. Risks like these are closely monitored and will continue to be for the rest of her life.



But mom Brianne is determined to give her daughter a happy and full life, no matter what obstacles they face.

“It’s a reality we’ll lose her – I lose my breath for a moment thinking about it,” she said. “My hope for Kenadie’s future– my biggest hope for her– is I want her to be happy. I want her to smile and be successful.”

Truth and Accuracy

Submit a Correction →



loading

We are committed to truth and accuracy in all of our journalism. Read our editorial standards.

Tags:
Share
Liz is a story editor for The Western Journal. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Columbia Publishing Course, Liz has a passion for telling stories that inspire kindness.
Liz is a story editor for The Western Journal. A graduate of the University of San Francisco and the Columbia Publishing Course, Liz has a passion for telling stories that inspire kindness.
Birthplace
Colorado
Education
University of San Francisco; Columbia Publishing Course
Location
Arizona
Languages Spoken
English, Spanish
Topics of Expertise
Health, Entertainment, Faith




loading

Conversation