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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."

andrew.gregory@mirror.co.uk

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PERIL Paisley's huge tongue

PARENTS Madison and Shannon with her before ops

BEAMING Paisley shows her beautiful smile after surgery

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Date:Oct 14, 2016
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