Little People, Big World stars Zach and Tori Roloff have confirmed that their son Jackson has inherited the same form of dwarfism as his father.
Zach has shared his life and story on TLC’s reality series since he was 13. His condition, achondroplasia, results in a typical male to grow to an average height of 4’4 with a normal lifespan, but there is potential for breathing problems and delays in muscle growth. Zach voices his thoughts on his son’s condition by stating, “I want people to know that he’s just like his dad: being a dwarf is just part of the whole package of who he is.”
Zach and Tori knew prior to their son’s birth that the risk of their child inheriting achondroplasia was 50%. Tori states, “We knew our chances of having a dwarf, but it didn’t matter. We just knew we wanted to be parents, however God wanted it to happen.” The couple was informed of their son’s diagnosis at an ultrasound at 34 weeks and kept the information within the family at this point. After Jackson’s birth, the couple decided to share the story publicly.
The Roloffs wish to use their story to educate and comfort other parents who are going through a similar situation or have children who have inherited a form of dwarfism. Zach says, “The other day we met a couple who have a dwarf child. They started watching our show and it made them feel that it was all going to be okay.”
Tori’s greatest wish for her son is that “he’s caring and thoughtful, like his father. I just want him to be a good person.”