This Baby Was Born With A Tongue Twice The Normal Size

When Paisley Morrison-Johnson was born 16 months ago, doctors worried she would suffocate. Her unusually large tongue, a symptom of an overgrowth disorder, threatened to block her airways and potentially choke the little girl. Now, the baby from Aberdeen, South Dakota, is happy and smiling for the first time ever after her second major surgery, according to Daily Mail.

Paisley was born with Beckwith Wiedemann Syndrome, a genetic condition that affects growth during childhood. The most noticeable symptom is usually an oversized tongue, but many babies with BWS also have red birthmarks called “stork bites” on their foreheads, according to a support group called How Big BWS. More importantly, the condition is associated with an increased risk of cancer, especially liver and kidney tumors.

In Paisley’s case, her tongue grew so big it no longer fit in her mouth, affecting her ability to breathe and eat.”Doctors tried bottle feeding her but they couldn’t find any nipple that would help her,” mom Madison Kienow told Caters News Agency. “She had to have a [gastronomy]-tube fitted because not enough food was getting into her stomach.”

When Paisley was just one-year-old, her parents scheduled the first tongue reduction surgery to help her be more comfortable. But not long afterwards, the muscle grew back to almost its original size. They decided to try again, this time removing more than six inches of her tongue.

“Since recovering, she smiled for the very first time. I couldn’t believe it and was shocked by how beautiful my little girl looked,” Kienow said. “Now she’s not even having difficulties eating, which is a massive relief.”

According to the National Institutes of Health, children with BWS need to be monitored regularly for tumors, but the risk of cancer drops at about 8-years-old. Any fast or asymmetric growth also slows over time, so Paisley’s symptoms should slowly go away.

“She’s like a completely new baby — her facial features look different, she smiles a lot and she has even getting close to saying her first words,” Kienow said. “We’re really confident about her future.”

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World’s First Baby Born From Controversial Three-parent Technique

The world’s first baby has been born using a controversial new technique by US scientists to include DNA from three parents in the embryo, said a report Tuesday.

The baby boy was born five months ago in Mexico to Jordanian parents, and is healthy and doing well, said the report in New Scientist magazine, described as an “exclusive.”

The boy’s mother carried genes for a disorder known as Leigh Syndrome, a fatal nervous system disorder which she had passed on to her two previous children who both died of the disease.

She had also suffered four miscarriages.

The woman, whose identity was withheld by New Scientist, and her husband sought the help of John Zhang, a doctor from the New Hope Fertility Center in New York City to have a baby that would be genetically related to them but would not carry the inherited disease.

The United States has not approved any three-parent method for fertility purposes, so Zhang went to Mexico where he was quoted by New Scientist as saying “there are no rules.”

One method that has been approved in the United Kingdom, called pronuclear transfer, was deemed unacceptable to the couple because it would involve the destruction of two embryos, said the report.

Since the mother carried the genes for the disease in her mitochondria, or DNA that is passed down from the maternal side, Zhang used her nuclear DNA and combined it with mitochondria from an egg donor, in a technique known as spindle nuclear transfer.

“He removed the nucleus from one of the mother’s eggs and inserted it into a donor egg that had had its own nucleus removed,” said the report.

“The resulting egg –- with nuclear DNA from the mother and mitochondrial DNA from a donor -– was then fertilized with the father’s sperm.”

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Trump Finally Admits Obama Was Born In The United States

Donald Trump finally admitted Friday that “President Barack Obama was born in the United States,” reversing himself on the issue that propelled him into national politics five years ago.

Trump sought to end his longstanding attempt to discredit the nation’s first African-American president with just a few sentences tacked on at the end as he unveiled his new hotel on Pennsylvania Avenue in Washington.
But the issue isn’t likely to die down any time soon — especially as Trump continues to falsely blame Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton for starting the “birtherism” controversy. Clinton said earlier Friday that Trump’s acknowledgment of Obama’s birthplace doesn’t go far enough and that he must also apologize.
“For five years, he has led the birther movement to delegitimize our first black president,” Clinton said at an event in Washington. “His campaign was founded on this outrageous lie.”
Obama was born in Hawaii in 1961.
Trump offered no apologies for his leading role in the birther movement and didn’t explain what drove him to change his mind. The President dismissed Trump’s criticism Friday, joking with reporters at the White House and saying, “I was pretty confident about where I was born.”
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Half Goat Born With No Hind Legs In China

A goat born with no hind legs has shown its triumph over adversity after it reached six months old – just walking on its forelegs.
The young kid was born without rear legs last December, and its owners felt it wouldn’t survive but it overcame its disability mere days after its birth. According to the unnamed farmer who witnessed the birth of the animal some six months ago, the goat’s mother had previously given birth to two healthy kids.

Breeders on the forest farm in Xinping Yi Dai Autonomous County, in south-west China’s Yunnan Province, were shocked to see the deformed goat, but they were even more surprised to see it walking within a week of its birth.

The goat farmer said the young animal learned to perfect its balance and stand on its two front legs, and it is clearly unaware of and unfazed by its disadvantage.
It now hops around the farm merrily using only its two forefeet, travelling with its herd and grazing on the same foods given to the rest of its kin.

Reports citing local veterinarians suggested that the doe may have suffered an abdominal injury during pregnancy that resulted in the birth of the two-legged animal.

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