A baby born with a rare congenital anomaly has captured the hearts of millions on social media. Ayla Summer Mucha, who was born in December 2021, was diagnosed with bilateral microstomia, an extremely rare condition that affects the appearance and function of the oral cavity. This condition has resulted in a “permanent smile” for the baby, making her a sensation on platforms like TikTok and Instagram.
Ayla’s parents, Cristina Vercher, 21, and Blaize Mucha, 20, received the news from doctors in Australia, who informed them that Ayla developed this condition during pregnancy. The couple expressed their shock upon learning about the condition, as they had no prior knowledge of it and had never met anyone born with such a condition, as mentioned in the New York Post.
According to a study published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal in 2007, only 14 cases of this condition have been reported worldwide. However, doctors at Flinders Medical Centre encountered this condition for the first time. Even the ultrasound scans conducted on Ms. Vercher prior to the cesarean delivery did not reveal the unusually large mouth opening.
Ms. Vercher shared her concerns and self-doubts as a mother, wondering where she might have gone wrong, especially since she had been extremely cautious throughout her pregnancy. However, the doctors reassured the couple that it was not their fault.
Ayla’s parents are currently discussing potential surgery options with doctors to address her wide smile, as it may affect her ability to latch or suckle. They are actively spreading awareness about the condition and sharing their experiences on Instagram.
The doctors have recommended surgery to ensure that Ayla has a functioning mouth as she grows older.