Image: Mom with husband and baby.
Roy and Eloysa Vasquez show off their new son, Timothy Abraham Vasquez, at Packard Children's Hospital in Stanford, Calif., in January.
updated 2/10/2006 8:30:30 PM ET 2006-02-11T01:30:30

A woman who is 3 feet tall and weighed 37 pounds before she got pregnant has given birth to her first child — a healthy boy.

Eloysa Vasquez, who uses a wheelchair and had two miscarriages, suffers from Type 3 osteogenesis imperfecta, a disorder that makes bones soft and brittle.

Vasquez gained 20 pounds during pregnancy and delivered the 3 pound, 7 ounce baby on Jan. 24 at Stanford University’s Lucile Packard Children’s Hospital.

“We just took one day at a time. We had a lot of people praying for us. We just believed ... and here we have our son,” Vasquez, 38, of Tulare, told The Fresno Bee for a story Thursday.

Doctors said they delivered Baby Timothy by Cesarean section eight weeks before due date in order to protect the mother’s fragile health — her tiny, distorted body left little room for a fetus to grow.

Video: 37-pound woman gives birth They said Timothy did not inherit his mother’s genetic condition.

Judging from her son’s long fingers and toes, Vasquez said, “I think he’s going to be a tall boy.”

Her husband, Roy, said his wife’s small stature can be deceiving: “She’s a strong lady.”

According to the university, one in only 25,000 to 50,000 births are to a mother with osteogenesis imperfecta, and even fewer involve moms with the severe Type 3 form.

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