Primordial Dwarfism, Source of Leprechaun Legends?

By | July 19, 2008

Kenadie (primordial dwarfism) w Jake Petruzzelli (Achondroplastic Dwarfism) Both age 2

According to

Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley … was born Feb.13, 2003, weighing just 2 lbs, 8 ounces. Doctors were at a loss as to why she was born so small … at the age of 8 months, Kenadie was finally diagnosed with primordial dwarfism, a genetic condition that is believed to affect only about 100 people in the world. She isn’t expected to grow past about 30 inches or weigh more than 8 pounds…. Nearing the age of four, Kenadie now walks, runs, laughs, smiles and is beginning to talk.

This is the most amazing family portrait! As I see it, Kendie raises the possibility that WE are the hobbits, angels, leprechauns , etc. from our own legends! The right two people getting together who carry these rare genes will have this amazing result… which happens about once for every 3 million kids born.

If Kendie were to meet a male with primordial dwarfism, and if they were to have children, would the odds be 50% that they would have children of their same stature? Or… is it possible that two people with the genes for primordial dwarfism to have a human child as small to them as they are to us?

Meanwhile, back down to Earth, as you can imagine raising Kenadie presents special challenges. If you’d like to help you can donate on (PayPal accepted).

Some history:

Caroline Crachami was the first recognized individual with primordial dwarfism. She was born in Palermo, Italy in 1815. The exact history is unclear, but she traveled with a “Dr. Gilligan” with whom she did many appearances and exhibitions in London. Various descriptions arose from these exhibitions. She reportedly knew enough English to express herself fluently and her voice was described as thin and high-pitched.

Shortly before her death in 1824, a journalist named William Jerdan published her measurements. Her height was 19 ½ inches, the length of her foot, 3 1/8 inches and the length of her forefinger, 17/8 inches. Her head circumference was measured at 123/8 inches and her waist circumference, 11 ¼ inches. He wrote:

“Only imagine a creature about half as large as a new-born infant; perfect in all its parts and lineaments, uttering words in a strange, unearthly voice, understanding what you say and replying to your questions. Imagine I say, this figure of about 19 ½ inches in height and 5 pounds in weight, and you will have some idea of this most extraordinary phenomenon.” – pd

67 thoughts on “Primordial Dwarfism, Source of Leprechaun Legends?

  1. lizzy, amber, victoria

    we think kenadie is sooooooo cute and adorable. we hope she has a great life. Let her know that she is perfect the way she is.

  2. lizzy

    hi im lizzy and im doing a speech on dwarfism and after reading about kenadie she is my inspiration for writing my speech. thank you!!

    is it alright if i use her in my speech???

  3. Xeno Post author

    Hi Lizzy, Yes, I think it is alright. It is an interesting topic and I don’t think Kenadie would mind. Good luck with your speech.

  4. A.A.A

    i just love kenidie! i am 11, and i had my eyes glued to the television set when incredibly small: Kenidie’s story was on. she is adorable!

  5. Nicole K

    I think i saw a show about that little girl like…one to three times not too many times. well,i think she is pretty small and…kinda cute..or somethin…i don’t know! its kinda cool anyway

  6. Nicole K

    Sorry,sorry i forgot to include my age i’m 12 years old by the way. oh yeah,i must’ve saw a show about other people with primodial dwarfism and…stuff. Well, it’s pretty interesting though,you know.

  7. Xeno Post author

    Hi Nicole,
    If you ever talk to Kenadie, you could ask her if she likes to be called “cutie” or “cute”. Some people do and some people don’t. I added a few more pictures and a video. She would be about 6 years old now.

  8. Nobody

    Actually, the chances of two primordial dwarfs conceiving a primordial dwarf child are currently understood to be 100%. The child would be same as them – perfect, yet miniature, and would be small in proportion to us, the majority, rather than small relative to the parents. However, while I have heard of a male primordial dwarf (some fellow nicknamed ‘Mahau Mahau’) having children, I’ve never heard of a female primordial dwarf bearing children. In fact, bearing children might be fatal, especially if the child is not a primordial dwarf.

  9. Leah


    my name is leah i am 16 and i just wanted to tell you how adorable your little girl is 😀
    i had to do a project on dwarfism and when i saw her picture i was just amazed by how cute and adorable she was i hope its okay that i used her in my project! My Teacher and class mates thought she was so adorable! You guys are so blessed to have a daughter as sweet as her! I hope as she grows older she will know that she is perfect and God wouldn’t have made her any differently 😀

    God Bless 😀

    Leah <3

  10. Nicole Knott

    Hey hey wuzzup! I was born on the 13th day of December 1996! sup! I think this little girl has the uhhhhh.. same date as me! maybe..

  11. Mackenzie

    I am 11 years old. I think that primordial dwarfism is cool. I do understand that they are just the same as normal people. I am doing a report on it, I hope my point gets out that they are the same as normal people.

  12. Sara Foster

    I just wanted to say that Kenadie has touched my heart so much. I was pregnant when i first heard of her story and she truly just blessed my heart and my husbands also. I hope you dont mind but we named one of our twins Kennedy because she is just truly an angel!!! I hope you all the wonderful things in life. They are truly a blessing because I had Luekemia at the age of 3 and now I’m 26 and they told me i would never have children. Well i guess i fooled them because last year i gave birth to twin girls with out any fertily medicine. And i truly consider my girls to be a blessing from Heaven above!!! The best of Luck to y’all!!!!!

  13. Christina


    I just wanted to say hello to you all. And say that I absolutely love Kenadie. I am 23 yrs old, and have seen her many times on television. I get so excited to see her everytime. She is such a beautiful little girl that just brightens up my day. She gives me inspiration and a wonderful outlook in life. I can only imagine how you all feel as her parents.

    Best wishes to you all and God Bless.


  14. Gertie

    I have watched the special on Kenadie numerous times. Last night I viewed the special on the little nine year old, with primordial dwarfism, for New Zealand. From what I can see these two little girls have very special and loving families. I know the parents have to have constant challenges and worries. But God put these little girls on this earth for a reason and I hope everyone can respect that. To me it appears they do age appropriate things and that is how they would like to be seen through other peoples eyes. They need to have physical adjustments made to accomadate their size and it appears both families do this. These parents and children should feel special and blessed for what they are doing in God’s world. I wish the best to all families that have a child with this condition. They are truly special.

  15. Blondie

    My name is Kaitlin I am 12 years old. Whats kool is that me and Kenadie are opposites. I am the size o the average 18 year old female. (5’5) How KOOL IS THAT!???

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  17. Dominique

    Hi, I’m Dominique and I’m 13 years old. I was just showing my little sister who is 5 pictures of people with dwarfism, because she has dwarfism and I wanted to show her she is not alone,and that she is perfect the way she is. When she saw Kenadie’s picture she became attatched to her. Watching her videos and looking at her pictures.She just wants to say,
    “You are very special just like me.”

  18. Riina

    I think it’s wonderful that there are people with different shape, look, size, colour, whatsoever. If everybody would be similar, world wouldn’t be good place. I don’t know if it’s
    still same for everybody, there are still people believing that being different makes you not-so-good, but world is absolutely going better. I just wish people don’t call Kenadie cute just because of her look. The most important is the inner. But she IS pretty. 🙂
    Best wishes from Finland.

  19. Kathryn

    She’s absolutely beautiful. Thank you for sharing your wonderful pictures and the video. You are truly blessed to have such a wonderful child in your life!

  20. Sienna

    I’m 13 years old and i saw kenadie’s show on discovery channel or sumthin and i just thought she was SO adorable! She’s lucky shes not my sister cuz i would probably dress her up so much she would hate it! She’s an inspiration to all of us!

  21. cheryl ohlin

    I think you are so lucky to have such a wonderful child. We all wish our kids would stay little forever, but to our dismay, they grow up. I believe you are truly blessed to have such a blessing from god, and I wish I could have one of my children stay small forever. I can see the love in the eyes of everyone in each picture. you truly have a blessing from god.

  22. Gina

    I’m doing a project on primordial dwarfism and i must say that Kenadie is a inspiration to mothers out there, showing them not to give up. She’s a beautiful yound lady, and i wish you all of luck and great health.

  23. isabella

    oh my goodness looking at these pictures makes me realize that i am not short, but don’t worry kenadie it is going to be alright 🙂 and always remember there is nothing wrong with being short.

  24. Nicole Knott

    Hey hey wuzzup! I’m 13 years old! Uhhhh….do what now? Oh yeah, I just wanna say to all of ya that I would like you to have a great day. Let me know how this girl is doing? See ya.

  25. victor nwaogu

    Hi,my name is victor and I am a Nigrian.I received a package from lpa a few years back and I saw the picture of your beautiful daughter Kenadia in it.I am also a dwarf(Achondroplasia).No matter how hard the world could be for us,there is no gift that is as unique as our nature.Do the best you feel you can do and leave the rest to GOD. Remain cool.

  26. maria


    When I first saw this kenedy on T.V. i was so amazed ofhow much she can do and when i see her i think of her as a small 1 year old. But you are so lucky to have such a small cute adorable child.i hope her primodial dwarrfism goes away. and i love her pictures on google. i especially am thankful that god made her have such wonderful parents and that she is blessed by god. i wish i can meet her one day. hopefully she grows and her primodial darfism goes away.


  27. noelia rojas

    i think shes adorable i have a 2 year old son whos small too hes bone delayed has microcephaly and is under 12 diffrent specilist and he loves to see her shoes he laughs anh says friend

  28. Cassidy

    KEnadie is simply amazing. i have always had a big place in my heart for kids who may get teased for hte way they are. i also feel that kids get treated by anyone way differently if they arent perfect. i hope that Kenadie and your family continue to have an amzing life. and i would love to be able to watch a little bit more on your family on TLC. Well tell your daughter she is adorable and absolutley amazing. bye!


  29. Anne P. Rawson

    I just saw a program on kennedie last night and by now she’s about 6years old? She is so adorable. How ever kennedie, you don’t behave well in the Dr.’s office, but I’ll let you get away with it. I have a favorite neice that if she knew she was even going to the Doctors, there was trouble. I really hope the best for you and your brother and Mom. I’m to old now to have baby’s, but If I where younger, I’d like to have a little girl like you. Anne

  30. stormi & lacie

    hi…we watched the show of Kenadie and she’s just the cutest little girl we’ve ever seen!!! we truly agree she is a gift sent down from God and yall are very blessed and very lucky to have Kenadie as a your daughter!!! we are inspired by yall on how yall never gave up on her and believed her no matter what the challenges!!! we are two 14 year old girls and we just wanted to let you know that we care and hope for the best future for Kenadie!!

    -Stormi & Lacie

  31. Kinky and Karlie

    Hi my name is kayleigh but everyone calls me kinky its my middle name, I am 13 and doing a report for science with my friend karlie. We love Kenadie and tried to find everything about her. She is amazing and we will always have a place in our heart for her.

  32. Jenninfer Johnson

    Kenadie is a special girl and I love her pictures and her story. I was wondering if she is able to talk? I hope you will continue to post your family’s story, all of you. Thank you for sharing Kenadie with us. May God continue bless your family.

  33. cathy ross

    my name is cathy and i stay in a little town called forres in morayshire scotland. i would like to thank you and your family for sharing kenadies life with us l .she is without doubt an inspiration to everyone and i wholeheartedly include myself,please take heart and courage from all the positives and forget all the negatives , i would love to hear how she is getting on ,take care and god bless

  34. Halie Michelle

    aww!! i freaking love her 🙂 shes a little dolly. im 13 an i think that this amazing young girl deservs a awesome life. she is litterally perfect the way she is an i think we all love this Kenadie. 🙂 <3

  35. Maryna Lindeque

    The Little Angel has touched my heart! I wish someone would find more news about her. She must be about nine years old now. I wish this Little Angel and her family all the love and success they deserve. My wish for them is love, laughter and health. What more can I say …..?

    1. shannan

      I wouldn’t call it a dis-ease. If you are not ill, it is not…It should not be called a dis-ease. Just like deaf have a different culture, the rarest of gems are just a different type of human.

  36. kelly

    What a cutie-pie! She’s adorable! Maybe that’s where the legend of angels came from – it’s n easy mistake to make. 🙂

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