Baby gets dubbed ‘Mini Hulk’ after rare condition leaves her with huge biceps
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A baby has been given the nickname Mini Hulk after a rare condition gave her humungous biceps.
Nine-month-old Armani Milby was born via emergency C-section at 33 weeks after doctors discovered she had a severe form of lymphangioma.
Lymphangiomas are 'uncommon, benign malformations of the lymphatic system that can occur anywhere on the skin and mucous membranes', according to the National Institute of Health.
It's a rare genetic condition that has seen little Armani have swollen arms and chest and she's now three times the weight of an average baby at her age.
She was so big that some people thought mum Chelsey was having triplets when she was pregnant.
The 33-year-old was told at the 17-week mark that her yet-to-be-born child had the condition.
“I had never, ever, heard of the diagnosis before and honestly, I had looked into it, and I didn’t really like the results with some of the pictures," she said.
“When I found out, to be honest, I was devastated, I was heartbroken.
"I didn’t understand what happened, what went wrong, because I had two other healthy babies, and I cried every day. Every day, I asked God why.
“We never considered an abortion even though it was mentioned to us almost immediately after it was discovered there were some major concerns with our unborn baby, but we just wanted to know how we could help her when she was born.
“They literally gave her a zero percent chance.
"They said she wouldn’t make it and that she probably wouldn’t be crying when she came out."
However, little Armani proved doctors wrong and fought to stay alive.
They moved 100 miles to Cincinnati for three months so the baby could receive specialist care.
Chelsey says her pregnancy journey was fairly rough and she was in pain almost every day.
“That’s why I had them take her at 33 weeks because my body was shutting down and it was getting harder every day to live life and actually breathe because I was so uncomfortable as I had to keep getting fluid drained out of my stomach," she said.
“To everyone's surprise, she came out crying and everybody in the room was emotional. No one knew what was going to happen.
"It’s a very magical story.”
Armani is scheduled for surgery later this year where doctors will extract extra lymphatic vessels from her body that will help her body shrink down to the correct size and over the coming years.
After that, she can undergo surgery to remove the extra skin.
Chelsey said: “She’s doing wonderful. She literally is my miracle baby, and we just love her so much.”