ByJancy Richardson, writer at
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Jancy Richardson

The kids are the heart of Stranger Things, but most fans agree that one kid is the cutest kid to ever walk the Upside Down: li'l Dustin, played to perfection by Gaten Matarazzo.

This talented young man has a condition called cleidocranial dysplasia, which affects the growth of his bones, which he spoke about to British TV host Jonathan Ross. How is this kid so smart at his age? Gaten cooly explains his condition in a positive and chill way, adding "I just wanna raise awareness for it and let people know it’s not something that they should be afraid of showing."

Gaten speaks about his cleidocranial dysplasia from around 02:48.

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Seriously, though, I've seen politicians on TV who can't express themselves as directly and articulately as this kid.

"It’s a condition where you’re born without your collarbones. I don’t have any. It affects your facial growth, your skull growth, your teeth — that’s why I don’t have any, these are fake right here. I have teeth, but they’re all baby teeth. I need a lot of surgery. I have a really mild case and a lot of people have it really worse than I do. And I feel like putting it into the show really raised awareness for it. And I’m lucky that mine is very mild, but now that it’s in my genes… it’s usually passed on by genes, it wasn’t for me, it just happened. Now that it’s in my genes I have a 50% chance of passing it down in my genes and it could be much worse for them."

Obviously, Twitter went wild for Gaten opening up about his cleidocranial dysplasia.

Never Change, Gaten. We Love You!

He's not only an adorable kid — if his eloquent, straight-up explanation of his condition is anything to go by, he's gonna grow up to be a strong adult, too.


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