Parents shocked after baby born beaming ear to ear – when doctors finally find out why, everyone falls silent

When Ayla Summer Mucha was born in December 2021, she shocked her new parents by greeting them with a huge smile spread across her tiny face.

Though mom and dad weren’t initially happy to see the newborn’s permanent smile, caused by an extremely rare condition, they fell in love with Ayla, who’s now a social media sensation with fans across the world gushing over the adorable girl with the heartwarming smile.

Keep reading to learn more about this smiling baby!

After nine months of anticipation, Australia’s Cristina Vercher and husband Blaize Mucha were thrilled to finally meet their baby girl, who was making her grand entrance into the world on December 30, 2021.

But, during the C-section birth, doctors delivered some shocking news to the new parents.

Ayla Summer Mucha had developed bilateral macrostomia, which means the baby’s mouth had not properly formed.

The deformity, classified as a facial cleft, is a rare condition where the corners of the mouth don’t fuse together during pregnancy.

In fact, the malformation is so rare that according to National Library of Medicine, only 14 cases have been reported in medical literature.

All around shock

Ayla’s large mouth opening was a complete surprise to her parents, whose ultrasound scans had not picked up any abnormalities.

The new mom, now 23, explains her and Blaize, 22, “were instantly worried” when they saw Ayla for the first time, as the condition was “obvious” since she “was so tiny.”

“Blaize and I were not aware of this condition, nor had I ever met someone born with a macrostomia,” said Adelaide’s Vercher. “So it came as a huge shock.”

It wasn’t just the parents who were shocked. Doctors were also unprepared to handle a baby with bilateral macrostomia.

“This made the experience all the more worrying as it took several hours for a doctor to give us an answer. With this came more difficulties as the hospital had little knowledge or support for such a rare condition.” She added, “All I could think about as a mother was where I went wrong.”

But doctors assured the concerned parents there was nothing they could have done differently. Cristina harbored fears that she had somehow erred during her entire pregnancy or had “caused” her daughter’s condition.

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