Baby girl born with a ‘permanent smile’ becomes a TikTok star

A mum has revealed the ‘huge shock’ of her newborn daughter with a ‘permanent smile’ and is now sharing family life on TikTok to raise awareness of the rare disease.

Cristina Vercher, 21, and her husband Blaize Mucha, 20, from Adelaide, South Australia, welcomed their daughter Ayla Summer Mucha in December 2021.

The parents were delighted to meet their little girl, but during the cesarean delivery they were surprised to learn that her mouth had not formed in a “normal” way.

Ayla Summer Mucha had developed bilateral macrostomia, a rare condition where the corners of the mouth do not fuse together during pregnancy.

Cristina Vercher, 21, and husband Blaize Mucha, 20 (pictured) from Adelaide, South Australia, welcomed daughter Ayla Summer Mucha in December 2021

Ayla Summer Mucha had developed bilateral macrostomia, a rare condition where the corners of the mouth do not fuse together during pregnancy

According to a 2007 study, only 14 cases of the condition have been reported in the medical literature.

Ayla Summer Mucha had developed bilateral macrostomia, a rare condition where the corners of the mouth do not fuse together during pregnancy

According to a 2007 study, only 14 cases of the disease have been reported in the medical literature.

“A c-section is an uncomfortable experience just the way it is,” the mother told Jam Press.

“Therefore, I was already in an overwhelmed state. As you know, during the operation, the doctors will show you the baby after it has been removed from the womb.

“At the time, it was a very obvious formation because Ayla was so small. We immediately became concerned. Blaize and I were unaware of this condition and had never met anyone born with a macrostomia. So it was a huge shock.

When doctors handed Ayla over to her parents, they noticed she had a large mouth opening, which at first baffled doctors as it hadn’t been detected on her ultrasounds.

The condition is so rare that it was the first time doctors at Flinder Medical Center had seen such a case.

When doctors handed Ayla over to her parents, they noticed she had a large mouth opening, which at first baffled doctors as it hadn't been detected on her ultrasounds.

When doctors handed Ayla over to her parents, they noticed she had a large mouth opening, which at first baffled doctors as it hadn’t been detected on her ultrasounds.

The condition is so rare it was the first time doctors at Flinder Medical Center had seen such a case

The condition is so rare it was the first time doctors at Flinder Medical Center had seen such a case

“It made the experience all the more disturbing as it took several hours for a doctor to give us an answer,” Christina said.

“With this there were more difficulties as the hospital had little knowledge or support for such a rare condition. All I could think of as a mother was where I had gone wrong, especially when I had been so pedantic throughout my pregnancy.

“Yet his father and I had been reassured by several doctors after days of genetic testing and analysis that this condition was entirely beyond our control and not our fault.”

After an anxious wait, doctors diagnosed Ayla with a birth defect that affects the formation of the oral cavity.

In addition to the aesthetic appearance of a wide smile, infants with the condition may have difficulty performing more functional tasks like latching and suckling.

After an anxious wait, doctors diagnosed Ayla with the birth defect that affects the formation of the oral cavity

After an anxious wait, doctors diagnosed Ayla with the birth defect that affects the formation of the oral cavity

For medical reasons, patients with Alya's disease are advised to undergo surgery to ensure that they have a functioning mouth as they age.

For medical reasons, patients with Alya’s disease are advised to undergo surgery to ensure that they have a functioning mouth as they age.

For medical reasons, patients with Alya’s disease are advised to undergo surgery to ensure that they have a functioning mouth as they age.

“We haven’t received the exact specifications for the surgery yet, but we know it involves skin closure that results in minimal scarring,” she said.

“The challenges we will face after surgery are worrisome as a couple.”

A few months later, in search of more information and awareness, Cristina and Blaize opened a TikTok account to share their own experience.

A clip of the mother dressing her daughter has received over 46 million views, with users flooding the comments section with support.

One person commented, “Ask respectfully as a mom. Would you like to do more content to let us know about her condition… I would like to know more, she is beautiful.’

A few months later, in search of more information and awareness, Cristina and Blaize opened a TikTok account to share their own experience.

A few months later, in search of more information and awareness, Cristina and Blaize opened a TikTok account to share their own experience.

Another user said: “I just read on doctor google that there are only 14 documented cases. She is so special. Be proud mom’.

Speaking about her experience sharing her family’s life on social media, Cristina added: ‘I wouldn’t advise anything more than to be nice and accept everyone.

“How you would hope people would give the same respect to you or your children if such events were to occur in your life.

“Conditions like this could happen to anyone at any time. Social media is a divided place. Unfortunately, you cannot control the personality of others.

“Yet Blaize and I have received as much love and support as negative feedback.

“I’m grateful we left the video posted as I’ve spoken to a number of mums going through similar experiences.

“We won’t stop sharing our favorite experiences and memories because we’re so proud.”

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