AMERICA has been following the Roloff family since Little People, Big World premiered on TLC in 2006.
Now the Roloff children live their own lives and start families.
Is Josiah Roloff a little human?
Josiah Roloff is best known as the newborn son of Zach and Tori Roloff.
The couple welcomed Josiah on April 30, 2022.
Shortly after his birth, the couple announced that they had been diagnosed with achondroplasia, the same form of dwarfism that his father and two siblings have.
Zach and Tori revealed the news exclusively to US Weekly, adding that it’s important to remember that his condition is “not his identity.”
“He’s Josiah. He has achondroplasia, but he’s not like Josiah, who has achondroplasia,” Zach said.
“As I am Tori, I have brown hair,” Tori added. “I’m not a brunette – I wouldn’t classify myself that way.”
The couple also shares Jackson, 5, and Lilah Ray, 2.
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What is achondroplasia?
Achondroplasia is known as the most common form of short-limbed dwarfism.
According to John Hopkins Medicine, it ultimately impairs the growth of a person’s bones in the limbs and causes abnormal growth of the spine and skull.
Achondroplasia occurs about once in 40,000 births, and although it is a genetic mutation, only about one in five cases is hereditary.
Do other Roloffs have achondroplasia?
Dwarfism is not uncommon in the Roloff family, and Josiah isn’t the only one to be diagnosed.
Along with Josiah, his father and siblings, his grandparents Amy and Matt Roloff also have it.
“It’s so normal for us,” Tori told Us Weekly.
“We have so many resources and there are a lot of parents out there that don’t have the same resources and … don’t have the same confidence in everything Zach and I do.”
Matt and Amy’s other children, Zach’s twin brother Jeremy, their daughter Molly, and their other son Jacob do not have achondroplasia.
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