Man With Dwarfism Impresses Football Players With His Push Ups

USATODAY_HumankindPublished: October 27, 2017583 views
Published: October 27, 2017

When Nick Smith visited University of Georgia, he jumped at the chance to have a contest with the football team, the players had no idea what they were in for. Then the young man dropped to the ground and started doing pushups, the big, hulky dudes were left completely gobsmacked at his abilities! Smith is 25 years old, and stands three feet tall. Not only did he do some one-armed push ups, he also did a couple of handstands. The players cheered in approval.

Smith has a rare form of dwarfism called Majewski osteodysplatic primordial <a href="" target="_blank">dwarfism</a>, or MOPD II. He has several health challenges, including brain aneurysms. Life expectancy is shorter for people with his condition. But Smith's mom, Shelly Smith, says he faces every day with endless humor and positivity. "He is very much a charmer and he never meets a stranger."

He's a member of a local community theater group, was prom king in high school, and loves being a socialite. "We know each day is a blessing," Shelly Smith said. That's why her son uses every moment as an opportunity to make someone smile.

Microcephalic osteodysplastic primordial dwarfism type II is a condition characterized by short stature with other skeletal abnormalities and an unusually small head size (microcephaly). The growth problems in MOPDII are primordial, meaning they begin before birth, with affected individuals showing slow prenatal growth.

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