A girl born without a mouth has become a patient at a local hospital in the town of Korosten, Ukraine. The baby with severe congenital abnormality was found on the doorstep of the hospital. Police managed to find the girl’s mother quickly, but the latter wrote an official statement rejecting the baby due to serious financial difficulties.
Doctors diagnosed the little girl with congenital defects in the development of the facial skull, hypoplasia of lower and upper jaws. In other words, the baby’s jaws grew together because of their underdevelopment.
Doctors say that it is quite possible to correct the awful mistake of nature, although it will take much time, effort and money. Surgeons are planning a number of plastic operations, which promise to be extremely complicated and expensive because they are going to be performed on a child.
For the time being, the doctors managed to “open” the girl’s mouth as they made a canal between the upper and the lower jaws of the little baby. Now it is possible to feed the baby with liquid food through a feeding tube.
The doctors named the girl Lisa. The baby cannot cry due to the physical defect. She attracts people’s attention as she starts moving sharply in bed.
Such incidents occur extremely rare in medical practice, although it is not the first time when medics encounter such bizarre pathologies. The most difficult one of them took place in 2002 in England when a woman gave birth to a girl without a face. The girl named as Juliana lacked over 40 percent of facial bones. She had no upper jaw, no cheek-bones and no eye-sockets. Doctors had to feed the baby directly through her stomach. The unfortunate child had to undergo 14 operations within only two years. Juliana’s parents are strongly determined to continue the fight for their daughter’s face.
Translated by Dmitry Sudakov
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