Her parents thought nothing was wrong with her until the age of two.
Sari Rezita Ariyanti is not your ordinary girl. At the age of almost 24, she still looks like a 2-year-old toddler. Measuring just 87cm in height and weighing a mere 20kg, it would seem that time had stopped for Sari.
Until she was at the age of two, her parents thought there was nothing wrong with her. But as time passed by, Sari never grew any taller, nor did she improve her speech.
As Sari grew older, she became unable to walk and had to rely on other to push her on a wheelchair. Sari also struggles to communicate verbally other than a few simple words and sounds. Doctors then found out that Sari had Turner Syndrome. Unfortunately, since the condition was discovered late, doctors and experts were unable to treat her.
Sari’s mom, Suryani said: ‘When she was a child, she was a beautiful girl; she didn’t look disabled.
‘But at two-years-old she still wasn’t able to do anything. She couldn’t talk or walk.
‘I feel very sad. I see my first and third children and they are healthy but Sari is different.’
‘I was deeply shocked but thanks to God, Sari has siblings who love and take care of her.
‘People would stare at us and others would ask “why can’t she walk and why is she so short?”.
‘When Sari was a baby, I used to take her to the market, and someone asked why does my first child and Sari look so different.
‘I was sad, so I couldn’t answer it.’
Despite her pitiful condition, Sari boasts a happy personality, as she can be seen smiling widely in most of her photos.
What is Turner syndrome?
According to Mayo Clinic, Turner syndrome is a condition that affects only girls and women which results when a sex chromosome (the X chromosome) is missing or partially missing. Turner syndrome can cause a variety of medical and developmental problems, including short height, failure to start puberty, infertility, heart defects, certain learning disabilities and social adjustment problems.