Forget about swine flu, the kids at Dalton are suffering from shortness. The fancy pants Upper East Side school is filled with boys battling the problem. The cause: being a child. The cure: parents armed with growth hormones.
The NY Post reports on a few of the kids — one, Jeffrey, went on the Humatrope hormone at age 10. In just five years he shot up from 4'1" to 5'7" ... and still has hopes of growing more. One expert told the paper the designer drug is like "Miracle-Gro for kids." (Guess they didn't want to go with a painful bone-lengthening procedure.)
Why is this legal? In 2003 the Food and Drug Administration changed their regulations, allowing "any child who falls into the 1.2 percentile of height for their age" to go on the growth pills. However, in Jeffrey's case, his parent's new insurance (Aetna) won't cover his monthly shots (which cost $2,400); they say that he doesn't have a growth-hormone deficiency, but rather suffers from "short stature." His mother is now taking Aetna to court in Manhattan, where she will try to get them to cover her son's forced final inches.