A youngster suffers from a rare condition that means her bones are so delicate they ‘break in the wind.’
Zoe Lush, six, has fractured almost every bone in her body and was almost internally decapitated after bones in her neck began to wear away.
Simply sneezing could result in a broken rib, while a fall could be catastrophic.
Zoe, from Huntington Beach, California, broke several bones while she was still in the womb, suffered a shattered collarbone during birth and broke another 100 bones before her first birthday.
Her mother Chelsea, now 27, was just 20-years-old when she fell pregnant with Zoe and doctors advised her to abort the baby, but she refused.
The condition, called Osteogenesis Imperfecta (OI), is caused by a genetic mutation and affects just one in 15,000 people in the UK and up to 50,000 people in the US.
Zoe’s mother, Chelsea Lush, 27, said: ‘Zoe is very fragile, she literally breaks in the wind.
‘There have been some close calls but she astonishes us every single day.
‘The doctors said she wouldn’t even make it through birth but now she’s coming up to her seventh birthday.’
Treating Zoe’s broken bones has become part of Chelsea and Zoe’s father, Curtis Lush’s, 28, everyday lives, with them even learning to splint the fractures themselves.
Curtis, a surgical technologist, said: ‘Zoe has broken countless amount of bones – we stopped counting at a 100 at around her first birthday.
‘We used to keep a list because we go to a yearly clinic where we had to update them but we stopped counting because it was pointless – we knew she would be breaking bones for the rest of her life.’