Good Morning America: Dwarf: A Memoir Book Review
How far would you go to change something about your body? Would you go through excruciating pain to be 14 inches taller? Well, Tiffanie DiDonato decided she would go through the pain. Good Morning America talked with her about her decision to undergo the lengthening surgery and why she decided to write a book about it, Dwarf: A Memoir. DiDonato is a military wife who lives by the same rules as the military – she never gives up and she always overcomes.
DiDonato was born with a rare form of dwarfism that made her torso the typical size of a person her age but her arms and legs would not grow as her torso did. At a very young age she had surgery performed to lengthen her arms and legs by four inches. She made it through the surgery and said it was so painful she could hardly speak. Moving any part of her body was more pain than she could handle.
She wanted to undergo the surgery again when she was 15-years-old. But she also wanted to ignore the maximum four inches her doctors wanted to add to her height – she wanted to add ten inches. They listened and performed the surgery. After everything was over, she measured 4 foot, 10 inches tall, just under the height considered to be a dwarf. If she wears heels she is considered normal height.
GMA: Tiffanie DiDonato After Surgery
DiDonato’s mother said DiDonato always wanted the surgery to try to fit in. She wanted to be able to do things everyone else was able to do. Her father on the other hand did not think it was a great idea to have the surgeries performed. He said she lost a lot of mobility because of the procedure. But he admitted he was happy as long as she was happy.
And Didonato is happy. She said she is thankful she can be a mother and be able to take care of her son.
If you want to learn more about Tiffanie DiDonato tune in to Nightline November 30 2012.