Turner syndrome is a genetic disorder that affects only females. It occurs in about 1 out of 2,000 female births and there is no cure for it. Females with Turner syndrome have characteristic features -- short stature and loose skin folds in the neck.
This disorder is quite common and there are some famous Turner syndrome women who have overcome the obstacles posed by the disorder to excel in their chosen fields.
One famous woman with Turner syndrome is Linda Hunt. She was born on April 2, 1945 in Morristown, New Jersey. Her mother was a piano teacher and her father was Vice President of Harper Fuel Oil. Linda Hunt has one sister.
Linda was just 4 feet 9 inches (1.45 meters) as an adult and she used this to her advantage by creating a niche for herself in acting world. She was blessed with good acting abilities and a rich voice that she has effectively used in films, documentaries, cartoons and commercials.
The other famous Turner syndrome woman is from Ohio and has managed to make a name for herself in that state. At 4 feet 8 inches, Dr Catherine Ward is geneticist at the Akron Children's Hospital and her one ambition is to help children with genetic disorder. When she was a child, her doctor got suspicious of her lack of height and recommended a series of tests. Finally at the age of 7, Ward was diagnosed with Turner syndrome.
Today, Ward is a respected doctor and the president of the Turner Syndrome Society of the United States. She is a figure that many girls and women with the disorder look up to.
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