Five-year-old Lauren from Barnsley, England, is one of the friendliest little girls around, and oddly enough, it’s because of a rare genetic condition.
When her mom, Katherine Taylor, was 24 weeks pregnant, doctors told her something was wrong but they couldn’t figure out what it was. At 36 weeks, her blood pressure suddenly spiked and she had to get a cesarean section.
Lauren only weighed about three pounds and 12 ounces when she was born and ended up spending nine days in intensive care. Four months later, she was diagnosed with Williams syndrome. Symptoms of this condition include heart issues, dental irregularities,
developmental delays, hyper-sensitive hearing, sleep problems, and an
unusually cheerful demeanor and interest in strangers.