Tuesday, February 3, 2009

Life imitates "The Tin Drum"?

Via Huffington Post:

The Mirror reports that a baby girl in England is "refusing to grow," like Oskar Matzerath in Gunter Grass's "Die Blechtrommel."

Suraya Brown was born prematurely and weighed only 2.6 pounds. But, unlike most premature babies, she did not start putting on weight immediately. Now, aged 14 months, she only weighs 7 pounds (compared to the expected 20 pounds), and she measures only 19 inches long.

Doctors describe her condition as "a real conundrum." So far all tests, including tests for various forms of dwarfism, have all come back negative.

Mother Atlanta Ruzman is quoted as saying, "She is just like a real-life doll. In fact my other daughter has a doll that is bigger than her."

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