Stacey Herald, standing at just 2 feet 4 inches tall, faces the challenges of Osteogenesis Imperfecta, a rare genetic disorder characterized by slow growth, underdeveloped lungs, and brittle bones. Despite her condition, Stacey, a devoted mother, leaves behind her husband, Wil, along with their daughters Kateri and Makyah, aged 11, and son Malachi, aged 8, who all reside in their family home in Kentucky.
Defying medical advice warning her of the risks associated with pregnancy due to the potential strain on her heart and lungs, Stacey decided to give birth. Over the course of three years, she gave birth to three children, despite medical advice advising against it. Unfortunately, both Kateri and Malachi inherited her condition, which the family hopes to prevent.
Malachi, the youngest child, was delivered via C-section on November 28, 2010, eight weeks premature and weighing only 2 lbs 10 oz. After the delivery, he required 34 sutures, but Stacey lovingly described him as the most beautiful and precious child she had ever seen, expressing her desire to be by his side.
The family, accustomed to broken limbs and the fragility associated with their condition, made a pact to ensure the safety of Malachi.
Stacey made it clear that while all their children are special, the girls should keep a close eye on Malachi until he grows a little older. Initially challenging upon learning that Malachi also inherited her condition, both Stacey and Kateri were confident in their ability to provide him with the best possible care.
Despite her confinement to a wheelchair, Stacey actively participates in caring for her children alongside her husband Wil, whom she met in 2000 while working in a supermarket and married in 2004. Stacey changes the children’s diapers using a specially designed pedestal, bathes them, nurses Malachi, and relies on her wheelchair.
However, as the tasks became increasingly challenging, Wil, who stands at 5 feet 9 inches tall, took over nighttime care for the children. Stacey expressed her gratitude for Wil’s commitment and support, acknowledging his ability to handle night feedings and diaper changes.
Stacey believes that anything she cannot do, Wil can. She considers herself fortunate to have him by her side, aiding in the care of their children. Despite the difficulties and risks involved, Stacey sees herself as a “wonder” and firmly believes that her children will also be “miracles.”
In conclusion, Stacey Herald’s story exemplifies a mother’s determination and unwavering love for her children, despite the challenges posed by a rare genetic disorder. Her resilience and the support of her husband highlight the power of familial bonds in overcoming adversity. Stacey’s unwavering belief in her children’s potential serves as an inspiration to all.