The Little Couple stars Dr. Jennifer Arnold and husband Bill Klein, who have a type of bone-growth disorder known as skeletal dysplasia which causes dwarfism, had earlier decided to use a surrogate to have a baby, as a pregnancy could take a great toll on her health and lead to complications.
Dr. Arnold and Klein knew that their surrogate was expecting. However, their joy was short-lived as the couple learned that their surrogate miscarried their unborn child.
Dr Jennifer Arnold expressed, “I cried my eyes out. I deal with families who lose their babies and I will cry with them, but I thought I would be stronger. Nothing can completely prepare for all that when it is about you.”
The couple mourned their loss and comforted one another and the next day they decided to continue trying through other possible ways which included both surrogacy and adoption.
Dr Arnold explains: “By the next morning, I realized that I needed to try again. We were so close and so pregnant with the ultrasound looking good, and so it was horrible for it to end. But I couldn’t have said I was done. A lot of family asked, ‘Do you want to go through this again?’ And my answer is, yes. I would be miserable if I didn’t try again. We really want to be parents, and that is the goal here through surrogacy and adoption. We are not done trying yet.”
As both have a single gene for this type of disorder, there is a strong possibility that their genes could be passed on to their offspring. To prevent transmission of this disorder from parent to child, embryos are genetically tested before being implanted into the surrogate’s womb. The baby would be perfectly normal if none of the skeletal dysplasia genes are passed on to the baby. However, if even one gene is passed, the child would be healthy but short in stature.
Over time the challenges faced by the couple in the past have only made them stronger.
Dr. Arnold added, “We really just feel crazy fortunate to have found each other. We were both at a point of giving up. Being a little person, everything is a struggle, and it is wonderful when you achieve something you really wanted. You don’t let that go so easily.”
According to Vitals, Dr. Jennifer Arnold is a board certified pediatrician with a sub-specialty in neonatal-perinatal medicine and received her medical education from the Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 2000.