Paisley Morrison-Johnson, a 16-month-old born in South Dakota with an adult-sized tongue, is "doing phenomenally" after receiving a life-changing tongue reduction surgery, her mom says.
The baby's oversized tongue was a result of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome, a genetic condition that can cause abnormal growth of specific parts of the body. The rare condition affects about 1 in 13,700 newborns worldwide.
Paisley's mom, Madison Kienow, told BuzzFeed News she was unaware of her daughter's condition until she had an emergency C-section two months early.
"During my C-section, they got her out and noticed that her tongue was huge," Kienow said.
At a doctor's recommendation, Paisley received her first tongue reduction surgery at 6 months old and a second one at 13 months.
And the surgery had another sweet effect: Paisley can now smile, which Kienow called "the best feeling."
Julia Reinstein is a reporter for BuzzFeed News and is based in New York.