Dwarfism family become internet sensation after posting heartwarming snaps online
A family who have dwarfism have become an internet sensation after posting a series of heart-warming photos online.
Charli Worgan, 27 – who is just 4ft 2in – decided to set up an Instagram account to document her adventures in 2013.
But it wasn’t until recently that thousands of people across the globe started following her social media page.
After marrying her husband, Cullen, 38, who also has dwarfism, last May, and welcoming their first child, Tilba, they’ve been inundated with comments online.
Despite being subjected to online bullies, the family have continued to post daily pictures of them enjoying themselves.
From days out to the beach, to lunches in the sun, or work outs and walks, Charli gives everyone an insight into their lives.
She even documents two year old Tilba’s milestones to keep her followers up to date with her progress.
Charli is currently pregnant with her second child and will have a planned caesarean on Thursday (January 25).
The business development manager, said: “We might all have dwarfism but our lives are full of fun and happiness.
“I like to post photos of us enjoying ourselves as much as possible and before falling pregnant, I was also into my fitness.
“There’s no limit to what we can do together and we love nothing more than enjoying lunch and days out in the sunshine.
“I will also post photos that show a the sometimes comical side of things when it comes to our height, such a oversized clothes, or general day to day activities that are made a bit more tricky by lack of height.
“I don’t take my height too seriously but am always respectful of the short statued community when doing so.
“Everyone loves seeing family photos of us and we always receive such lovely comments from most people.
“We do get some negative people but when you put yourself out there you do half expect it.
“I have learnt not to retaliate and just ignore and block anyone that insults us.
“Our following has grown massively since last year and it’s nice that so many people are interested in us.
“We use our iPhone cameras to take all the photos and try our best to make them as varied as possible.”
Charli and Cullen tied the knot last May after first meeting at a World Dwarf Games team Australia training camp in 2012.
She added: “Cullen and I both have different types of dwarfism which means our children could have inherited both forms which generally results in a fatal outcome. We had genetic testing done in early pregnancy so we could find this out.
“We also had a one in four chance of having an average height baby or it having mine or Cullen’s type of dwarfism.
“Our next baby, which we don’t yet know the sex of, will have Cullen’s type, which can carry more respiratory problems whereas mine is more skeletal.
“Cullen is more proportionate too and is slightly taller than me at 4ft 6in.
“We haven’t yet experienced many problems related to our conditions and always ensure we keep ourselves fit and strong by working out in the gym or at home.”
Both Charli and Cullen have refused to allow their dwarfism to hold them back and have praised their strong willed parents for their success.
Charli added: “We both have parents who have a no excuse policy, yet have always been supportive and we’ve never allowed our dwarfism to be an excuse for not doing well.
“Cullen owns his own business, I work for a major Telco as a Business Development Manager and we’re about to celebrate the birth of our second baby, life couldn’t be better.
“I have just started my maternity leave and our baby will be born via caesarean on Thursday, Jan 25.
“My dad is of average height but my mum is short, I wasn’t formally diagnosed with dwarfism until 2015 when I was pregnant with Tilba.
“There was no point before this as we knew I had dwarfism but not exactly what type.
“Our aim with our Instagram page is to reach out to other people and show them that having dwarfism doesn’t need to hold you back.”