Horbury Bridge toddler Brody baffles Wakefield medics

Emma Jack and Chris Land's son Brody has a form of dwarfism, but doctors have not been able to tell them what kind this is and they are pushing for awareness and a diagnosis so they can prepare for the best care for him.
Emma Jack and Chris Land's son Brody has a form of dwarfism, but doctors have not been able to tell them what kind this is and they are pushing for awareness and a diagnosis so they can prepare for the best care for him.
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THE parents of a little boy with a form of dwarfism are desperate for a more accurate diagnosis for their son.

Brody Land, from Horbury Bridge, is 20 months old but is still learning to crawl, weighs just 15lbs 6oz and is just 62cm tall.

His parents, Emma Jack and Chris Land, were originally told their son had Down’s syndrome, during the first pregnancy scan at 12 weeks and them told the same again after he was born.

Miss Jack was also given additional scans after being told Brody may have had a hole in his heart, part of his brain and spine missing, and a clubbed foot.

But after all tests came back negative, doctors at Dewsbury Hospital told the couple that Brody has a form of dwarfism – but they cannot identify which form.

Brody is now in the care of Pinderfields Hospital for a number of specialist treatments including physiotherapy and speech and language therapy.

But doctors are still no closer to finding an official diagnosis of his condition or making any predictions of how he will progress.

Some forms of the condition can require growth hormones and other specialist care.

Miss Jack is desperate for more tests to diagnose her son so she can prepare for her future

She said: “Nobody has any answers for us and it’s really hard, I can’t even say if he’s ever going to walk.

“People in supermarkets say things when I have him sat up in the trolley because they think he’s really young – it feels like people are questioning my parenting skills and I can’t even explain what he has.

“It doesn’t matter to us that he’s different we just need some closure so we know what to do for him to give him the best chance in life.

“He’s otherwise a fit and healthy, happy little boy.”

The Mid Yorkshire Hospital Trust said doctors are closely monitoring Brody and working to find a diagnosis.

David Curtis, the trust’s clinical chairman for community services, said: “It can be a complex and lengthy process to diagnose some medical conditions and we are making every effort to provide an accurate diagnosis of Brody’s condition, where possible.

“In the meantime, we are working with Brody’s parents to make sure we can provide the right care and treatment and address any specific concerns about his health.

“We hope to be able to share more information about Brody’s condition with his parents in the near future.”