OLDHAM COUNTY, Ky. (WDRB) -- A local woman living with a rare form of dwarfism helped doctors solve a long-time medical mystery.

Saul-Wilson Syndrome has stumped doctors for decades. They never knew what caused it ... until now.

Monica Zaring, who lives in Oldham County, was diagnosed with the syndrome when she was 5 years old. As one of only 14 people in the world living with the rare form of dwarfism, doctors reached out last year asking her to be a part of special gene research.

After a week of intense testing, they were able to find the exact DNA mutation that causes the syndrome.

The findings were released this month.

"I'm 30 years old," Zaring said. "If they can help me find out what the next few years are going to be like for me, that's great. But for me, it's more about helping the generation that's to come."

Right now, Zaring is the oldest woman in the world living with Saul-Wilson. After 18 surgeries, she's defied a lifetime of odds. She graduated from college, drives a car and is an assistant manager at Goodwill.

She hopes to help doctors uncover more answers about the syndrome in the future.

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