This little girl, Zoe, has a rare disorder that causes her bones to break very easily. Even just a sneeze could break a rib, while a tumble would be a disaster. As her mother puts it, Zoe’s bones are so fragile they could literally ‘break in the wind’.
Now 6 years old, little Zoe Lush from Huntington Beach, California has already fractured almost every bone in her body. By the age of 1, her parents had counted 100 broken bones; and since then, they’ve simply lost count. More shockingly, her neck-bones have almost worn away completely, leaving her literally decapitated internally. In July 2016, Zoe underwent surgery for her neck, and now wears a temporary neck brace. She is also undergoing therapy.
Zoe’s mother Chelsea Lush, 27, became pregnant with Zoe at the age of 20. While her daughter was still in the womb, doctors learned of her condition and suggested that Chelsea abort the child. Courageously, her mother refused to give up on her. When the birth took place, Zoe suffered a broken collarbone.
This fragile little girl has a condition called Osteogenisis Imperfecta (OI), which is caused by a genetic mutation, and occurs in 1 child in every 15,000 children born in the UK, and there are 5,000 such cases in the US.
“Zoe is very fragile, she literally breaks in the wind,” her mother said. “There have been some close calls but she astonishes us every single day… The doctors said she wouldn’t even make it through birth but now she’s coming up to her seventh birthday.”
The beautiful joy on Zoe’s face, even when undergoing treatment, is touching
“Zoe is a social butterfly with all of the other kids,” her mother said. “She doesn’t notice any differences that they see and she will make friends with everyone that she meets… She is able to do every other thing that other kids are, other than run on their feet but she can race them just as fast in her wheelchair.”
Zoe is incredibly social and can do anything the other kids can do–including racing them in her wheelchair
Despite all of her challenges, Chelsea says Zoe is a girl who loves making friends. She also enjoys baking, painting, and playing with her 3-year-old brother Felix.
“I would not change Zoe and I would never ever take anything back…In the future I hope she has the same opportunities as everyone else and above everything I just want her to be happy.”