Ayla Samar Mucha was born in December 2021 and since then, her special and infectious smile has made internet users happy. Young Australians have a rare congenital malformation: a bilateral macrostomia. Only fourteen cases have been identified worldwide.
To raise awareness in their community and share their experience, Ayla’s parents, 21-year-old Christina Wurcher and 20-year-old Blaise Mucha, opened a TikTok account that was followed by nearly 117,000 people. The young mother specifically states that she and her husband were very worried when they saw their daughter for the first time. “It was a shock. When she was born, I wondered what I had done wrong”, Christina recalls. “The doctors were very convinced. After days of genetic testing and scans, they told us we had nothing to do with it.”
Bilateral congenital macrostomy is not irreversible. One operation will sew up the corners of Ayla’s discolored lips. The little girl will have marks, but they’ll be a lot more discreet than the forceful smile she currently wears. “The challenges we will face after the operation are worrying for our couple”, comments Christina.
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