By Samantha Grillo @_samanthagrillo

AT TWELVE years old tiny Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley stands at just 39.5 inches tall and weighs the same as a two year old

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Videographer / Director: Ruaridh Connellan
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12-year-old Kenadie Jourdin-Bromley is a local celebrity in her town

The bubbly schoolgirl has defied doctors since the day she was born weighing just 2.5lbs and 11 inches from head to toe.

Doctors said Kenadie would not live after birth but she is now in seventh grade

Kenadie's mum, Brianne Jourdin, 36, was told her daughter wouldn’t survive more than a few days.

However, despite having learning difficulties and fragile, thin bones - Kenadie plays hockey, swims, and functions in school.

When Kenadie was born she weighed just 2.5lbs

At 8-months Kenadie was diagnosed with Primordial Dwarfism - a condition causing underdevelopment of limbs, which affects about 100 people worldwide.

Doctors told mum Brianne Jourdin that Kenadie would not live - but they brought her home and she thrived

Brianne, a funeral celebrant, said: “Most parents don’t have to imagine their kid not living past whatever age but it’s a reality for us that we will probably lose her.

“We baptized her right away because we were told that we should just bring her home to die.

Those with Primordial Dwarfism have proportionate limbs - only smaller

“It was like mourning - the idea of all of the life that you imagined for your child has suddenly been taken away.”

Kenadie weighs as much as the average two-year-old

However, in spite of her doctor’s grim prognosis, Kenadie is thriving today in a mainstream classroom with other children her age.

The now seventh grader stands at just 39.5 inches tall, while her 10-year-old brother, Tyran, towers over her.

Her younger brother, Tyran Jourdin-Bromley, towers over her
At 12-years-old Kenadie stands more than two feet shorter than average pre-teens

Brianne said: “She’s kind hearted, she is loving and wants to share everything with everyone.

“She is feisty, determined and independent - she takes no crap from anybody.”

Kenadie posing with her mum and brother in Kitchener, Ontario

Kenadie wears an infant size 7 shoe and weighs just 23.5lbs - wearing clothes fit for a toddler.

Brianne said Kenadie is fiesty, determined and independent

Kenadie has a busy social life and takes skating classes, swimming lessons, and plays with friends after school.

Brianne said: “It makes me so proud to see her in these activities it makes me cry.

Brianne said she baptised Kenadie at birth as doctors told her she wouldn't survive

"I have cried so many times when she is on the skating rink, everything she does, I cry.”

But she also faces some serious medical threats as those suffering the condition are prone to fragile and thin bones.

Today Kenadie is thriving in her seventh grade class

She also faces the danger of developing scoliosis or an aneurysm.

Brianne said: “Having Kenadie definitely tested my faith many times - watching her struggle isn’t easy.

When she is not in school she has an active social life - takes skating classes, swimming lessons, and plays with friends after school

“It’s a reality we’ll lose her - I lose my breath for a moment thinking about it.

“My hope for the future for Kenadie is just that she is happy and that she finds things that make her happy and make her smile.”