A Spanish woman from Valencia who slept with a dwarf on her hen night has given birth to a baby with dwarfism, the Spanish website LasCincoDelDia reports.
The Express.co.uk who translated the article, reports that it's a tradition in Spain to have a dwarf male stripper at your hen night (though sleeping with him is not).
The woman, who has not been named, didn't tell anyone – neither her husband nor her friends – she had had sex with the midget stripper, but broke down and confessed once the baby was born. Ultimately she had little choice as the baby was also a dwarf.
The dwarfs are known as "miniboys" in Spain, and offer their services as entertainers at hen and stag parties.
A Spaniard working as a dwarf stripper told the Daily Mail: "I know colleagues working out of Valencia but I'm not aware of any of them getting involved in something like this.
"They're mostly men in their forties and fifties and who's going to want to sleep with a man that age. There must be about ten of us doing this line of work in Spain."
What is dwarfism?
Dwarfism is correctly called achondroplasia or achondroplastic dwarfism, is a genetic condition that causes people to be abnormally short.
On average, adult males with achondroplasia are about four feet, four inches tall. People with the disorder typically have average-sized trunks with abnormally short arms and leg.
People with achondroplasia are abnormally short because their bodies have difficulty converting cartilage into bone, particularly in the long bones. Additional physical characteristics of the disorder typically include an enlarged head (called microcephaly) with a prominent forehead and short fingers.
Some cases of achondroplasia are inherited, while others occur when a gene randomly mutates during the development of the egg or sperm.
The disorder can affect anyone, regardless of their race, ethnicity, or gender. On average, researchers estimate that it affects one person out of 25,000 births worldwide.
Studies suggest that the frequency may range from about one out of 10 000 births in Latin America to about 12 out of 77 000 in Denmark.
There is currently no cure for achondroplasia. Treatment focuses on minimizing complications of the disorder, such as sleep apnoea, obesity, and arthritis.
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Image: Man with dwarfism from Shutterstock