Two-year-old Olivia Gillies was born with a potentially life-threatening condition that caused her tongue to grow uncontrollably. Now, after her third surgery, she can finally smile, and doctors believe the dangerous symptom of her condition is under control.
Gillies was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause, among other symptoms, “overgrowth,” of a particular body part, including the spleen, liver, adrenal glands, and tongue.
An ultrascan revealed abnormalities when Olivia’s mother, Emma, was seven months pregnant with Olivia, the Daily Mail reported. The scan showed Olivia had an abnormally large tongue. Eventually, she was diagnosed with Beckwith-Wiedemann Syndrome.
“It felt like somebody had dropped a bomb,” Gillies told The Daily Mail about her daughter’s diagnosis. “We were warned her tongue would be up to three times the size of a usual newborn baby and would keep growing. Nobody could tell us how big it would get. We were terrified
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