Baby born with an adult tongue can smile at last; 2 ops may have saved her life.
Byline: ANDREW GREGORY Health Editor
A BABY had two ops to slice six inches off her tongue which was so big medics feared it could kill her.
The life-changing surgery has allowed 16-month-old Paisley Morrison-Johnson to smile for the very first time.
And her parents said: "She is even getting close to saying her first words, thanks to this."
She was born with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome - a rare overgrowth disorder affecting one in 15,000 births worldwide.
Her adult-sized tongue was more than twice as big as her mouth and she had to be given breathing apparatus to stop her choking to death and a feeding tube to prevent her starving.
Mum Madison, 21, and dad Shannon, 23, of Aberdeen, South Dakota, said: "The first op cut off 2in but the tongue grew back.
"The second has removed 4in and we were overjoyed to see her beautiful smile at last."
PERIL Paisley's huge tongue
PARENTS Madison and Shannon with her before ops
BEAMING Paisley shows her beautiful smile after surgery