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Page last updated at 15:41 GMT, Monday, 26 July 2010 16:41 UK
Teenager with dwarfism shares her life in a big world


'Small teen' in the Big Apple

A teenager who has a rare form of dwarfism is the subject of a documentary filmed at a pivotal time in her life.

Jasmine Burkitt, known as Jazz to her friends, is just turning 16, planning a trip to America and hoping to meet her father for the first time.

Like any typical teenager she loves shopping, clothes and gossiping with her mates.

But Jasmine, from Colwyn Bay, is also a carer for her mother, who has the same condition, and in Small Teen, Big World, she reveals the kind of difficulties she faces in everyday life.

Jasmine and Naomi on Llandudno prom
Jasmine's parents split up a few days after she was born

"Because you're small, people think you're a doll and want to treat you like a baby," she says.

"I'm reminded of my condition every second of every day," she added. "It is quite hard, but we get round it."

The BBC Three programme shows Jasmine at home with mum Bev, pet chihuahua Pebbles, and her grandparents Norman and Margaret, as well as out shopping with her best friend Naomi in Llandudno.

It reveals what it's like living with her condition while coping with the pressures of teenage life and caring for her mother, who also has respiratory problems.

In the run-up to her 16th birthday Jazz is preparing not only to attend the Little People Of America convention in New York, but also to leave north Wales for the south of England, and meet her real father for the first time.

While in New York, she meets others who share her condition and who have been attending the conference for years, some of whom have met future partners and fallen in love - her hopes are high.

Small Teen, Big World, part of BBC Three's Adult Season, is on Tuesday, 27 July, at 2100 BST.


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