Charli Worgan and her husband Cullen were regularly asked “why” when married couples are asked when they intend to have children.
The Sydney-based parents, who each have a unique kind of dwarfism, are frequently the focus of media attention, especially since Charli became pregnant with their first child.
The happy Australian mother decided to start a social media account after giving birth to their first child to inform people about their family life; little did she realize how popular her account would become.
Charli’s Instagram account has more than 300,000 followers, and the pair is now blessed with two beautiful girls.
It was bittersweet for Charli to recently announce that she was 14 weeks along with her third child.
Each pregnancy required extensive genetic testing for Charli. Due to Charli and Cullen’s genetic issues, their baby might be ordinary height, inherit one type of dwarfism (either their mother’s or father’s), or acquire both varieties, which experts feel would be disastrous.
Charli voiced her disappointment at not being able to mark her pregnancy’s halfway point like the majority of other mothers.
I was waiting in line for a procedure called a Chorionic Villus Sampling (CVS; similar to an amniocentesis), which involves inserting a large needle into my abdomen and removing a sample of the placenta, which has a 2% miscarriage rate, in order to examine the genetic makeup of my unborn child.
They waited to find out which of the four possibilities their third kid had because their two girls, Tully, age 2, and Tilba, age 4, both had one of the two kinds of dwarfism.
In a post on Instagram, Charli outlined:
1. Our unborn child would be of ordinary height.
2. Like me, our child would be born with Achondroplasia, a form of dwarfism.
3. Our child would be born with the same type of dwarfism as Cullen, Geleophysic Dysplasia.
4. According to all expert medical assessments, our baby would inherit both genetic mutations, known as “double dominant dwarfism,” which would be fatal at birth. If this had happened, I would have been able to decide whether to keep the pregnancy going and see how things turn out or to end it.
The reality of their situation, according to Charli, is that they are waiting to find out “if I can bring this little one into the world come March 2021, or if his or her journey finishes here.”
For revealing her life so openly, she has drawn a lot of criticism, which she addresses in her essay.
“Those who doubt may see that bringing a child into this world with my odds is no simple decision and it’s all about being compassionate,” the author writes. “I’ve received criticism for choosing to have babies with these odds, and that’s a full topic in itself.
The family is still experiencing ups and downs and has three wonderful children who are all doing well.
When her son Rip was born at the end of February, she posted a picture of herself with him along with some wise advice for all parents.
“Even though I’m exhausted, I feel incredibly lucky and appreciative. There is no “wrong” way to be a mother, but there also isn’t a “correct” way, I’m certain of that.
Finally, Charli shows that her experience as a parent is universal; many parents can relate to the difficulties and rewards of having children.
Her posts serve as an inspiration to everyone, and I wish this family success as they embark on their adventure. Please let people know.