Very few babies are born with a birth defect that makes them have this “permanent smile” condition. It’s a very rare condition, in fact. And it only happens once every 150,000 to 300,000 live births, on average.
And recently, a baby born with this condition is showing the world how to love. She was called a “permanent smile” on social media sites.
The New York Post said that Ayla Summer Mucha had bilateral macrostomia when she was born in December. This is a rare condition. This makes it so that a baby’s mouth corners don’t join up right. So, she always looks like she’s smiling.
Ayla is born to Cristina Vercher, who is 21 years old, and Blaize Mucha, who is 20 years old. They said that until their daughter was born, they didn’t know about her condition.
Vercher told Daily Mail, “Having a cesarean is already a painful experience. So, I was already feeling like I couldn’t handle it. As you probably know, once the baby is taken out of the uterus, the doctors will show you the baby. She adds, “Ayla was so small at the time that it was easy to see the shape.
We were instantly scared. Blaize and I had never heard of this condition, and I had never met someone born with a macrostomia. So it was a huge shock.”
In a study that was published in the Cleft Palate-Craniofacial Journal in 2007, the researchers said that they could only find 14 cases of bilateral macrostomia.
The doctor at Flinders Medical Centre, where the baby was born, had never seen any signs that Ayla was going to have this condition. Vercher said, “This made the experience even more scary because it took a doctor a few hours to tell us what was going on. With this came more problems because the hospital didn’t know much about or help with such a rare condition.
As a mother, all I could think about was what I did wrong, especially since I had been so picky during my pregnancy.
This condition may seem harmless, but it does more than just change the way the baby looks. Because of this, babies with this kind of condition should have surgery. She said, “We don’t know the exact details of the surgery yet, but we do know that it will involve a skin closure that will leave only a small scar.” As a couple, we’re worried about the problems we’ll have to deal with after the surgery.
Not only that, but even people she doesn’t know have shown her love. @cristinakylievercher has a TikTok account with videos of the baby and her milestones. More than 118,000 people follow the account!
Vercher said that most of the comments and reactions they’ve gotten on social media have been positive. She said that most of the people who commented had shown love to their family. She said, “I’m glad we left the video up because I’ve talked to a few mothers who are going through the same thing.” We are so proud that we won’t stop talking about our lives and favorite memories.
Even though abortion was an option, Ayla’s parents didn’t think it was something they would be willing to do. Even though their baby has this condition, the family has shown that she will be fine because she is loved and cared for by her family.