By Danny Baggott @dan_baggie

MEET Wildine Aumoithe – the sassy 16-year-old who stands just 2ft 5” tall

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Videographer / director: Ariel Martinez

Producer: Danny Baggott, Ruby Coote   

Editor: Beth Angus

 

Wildine was born with Saddan Dysplasia, a severe and rare form of Achondroplasia dwarfism.

Residing in Miami, Florida, Wildine admits she constantly has people staring at her and asking, ‘Why are you so short?’.

But despite the inevitable hardship that comes with being just 2ft 5”, Wildine is at the top of her class in high school and is keen to share her positive message that you can achieve anything you set your mind to.

Wildine told Barcroft TV: “I don’t know anyone else that has my condition – or anyone who is as small as 2ft.

“When I go out in public, they always ask me, ‘Why you so short?’, ‘why you this?’, ‘why you that?’

“They stare at me too. I’d rather them just approach me and ask a question – like it’s that simple.

“My confidence is still 100% all the time.

“Just because I’m short, it doesn’t mean I’m not capable of doing anything.”

Wildine admits that her biggest struggle has been not being able to reach simple things in day to day life – on top of all of the doctor visits she’s had to attend.

And her condition has slowly worsened over the last few years.

She said: “My childhood was amazing. I didn’t really care about my height back then.

“And I used to be able to walk, but since I’m getting older, my bones are weakening.

“They’re now like wobbly. So I have to use a motorized wheelchair to get around.”

Wildine hasn’t experienced bullying in school due to her height and has very much enjoyed her years studying – something she is thankful for.

“It’s really rare that I haven’t experienced bullying in honesty,” she said.

“People are just curious about me, I just tell them I’m short and that’s it.

“My condition hasn’t impacted my studies. When I grow up, I want to be a pharmacist to help people who have dwarfism.

“I’m currently an A student.”

In addition to her friends at school, Wildine’s family has supported her journey every step of the way.

Her dad, Aldajuste Campfort, said: “Wildine is very smart in school, everything I need in life she helps me with.

“We’ve supported her as much as we can.”

Wildine added: “My family have been really supportive. Especially my mom since day one.

“Doctors told her I wouldn’t survive that long, but she kept on going and being positive.”

Wildine is now keen to spread her positive outlook on life and raise awareness for others living with forms of dwarfism.

She said: “What does the future hold? Well I can’t wait to focus some more on school.

“I feel as though if I put my mind to anything, I’m able to do it.”