This is so inspiring! A baby born with a tongue twice the size of her mouth can now successfully smile and laugh after a successful tongue reduction surgery.
Reports state that the little baby, Layla King, from St Louis in Missouri, USA, was first discovered to have a rare condition known as Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome (BWS) during a 30-week scan while she was still in the womb.
According to reports, her rare condition is as a result of an overgrowth disorder usually present at birth, characterized by an increased risk of childhood cancer and certain congenital features. Beckwith syndrome can also cause child behavior problems.
The condition affects one in 15,000 babies and makes the tongue grow twice as quick as the mouth, as well as causing the intestines to form outside of the stomach.
When her mom, Danielle Youngburg, noticed it, she feared Layla wouldn’t survive after she was born four weeks early and needed a breathing apparatus to keep her alive before surgeons could repair a hole in Layla’s abdominal wall.
After surgery was conducted to reinsert her organs back into her body at just two days old, Layla began to slowly recover.
However, due to the size of her tongue, which was four inches, the poorly baby struggled to feed as her tongue continued to grow at an increased rate to the point where it was permanently sticking out of her mouth and putting her at risk of suffocation.
The toddler’s swollen tongue means her parents keep her inclined at night by placing a pillow under her back so she can’t choke.
When she was 6-months-old, Layla had her first tongue reduction surgery, however, when it became enlarged again she needed a second surgery.
Last month, the 13-month-old was able to smile for the first time after having a larger chunk of her tongue removed.