Little Paisley Morrison-Johnson was born with Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a rare condition that causes abnormal growth in certain parts of the body.
In Morrison-Johnson's case, it affected her tongue.
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Doctors spotted the huge tongue right away after they delivered her in an emergency C-section two months early. They immediately put her on a ventilator, scared that the tongue might restrict her airways.
“I never got to see her, touch her, hear her cry,” her mother, Madison Kienow, said.
After she got her diagnosis, she was in the NICU in Sioux Falls for a few months before getting two separate tongue reduction surgeries, one when she was six months old and the other when she was 13 months old.
And they made a world of difference.
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Now, at 16 months, she can finally smile.
"I don’t have to worry about her choking, she has started to say words, she can eat adult food, she’s starting to get her teeth now," Kienow said. "She took her first step five days ago."
Well, it sounds like she has a lot to smile about!
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