Baby can smile after docs cut to size his giant tongue that was choking on him
An infant born with a giant tongue that could have choked him to death can finally smile after surgeons slice off half of it.
Aparajit Lodhi, from Jabalpur of north Indian state of Madhya Pradesh, suffers from a rare congenital anomaly called Macroglossia, a medical term for an unusually large tongue.
The congenital overgrowth disorder was discovered at birth and the doctors had told Aparajit’s parents to give up on her. That she was not going to live any longer.
The rare condition caused his tongue to swell so big that choked on his mouth.
“I was horrified to see the baby with her own tongue stuffing her month. She was crying continuously. I knew he was in pain and also hungry. But I was helpless. I could neither share his pain nor nurse him because the overgrowth had clogged his month. But we were determined to save our child come what may,” says mother Mini Lodhi, 28.
Fearing Aparajit, all of seven days old, wouldn't survive as breathing apparatus was required to keep him alive.
On the fourth day after birth, the infant underwent a surgery that reduced the size of his tongue tumor.
“The baby was four-days-old when we operated on her. He was not able to swallow anything because of this giant tongue. This is a very rare condition called macroglossia that happens to one in 500,000 live births. Not only after birth, the baby was not able to swallow anything because of this condition in the womb also. After the operation, he was able to swallow anything for the first time ever.”
It was a big tumor in the tongue and it took two hours to the team of doctors to remove the growth. “We had to remove the tumor completely as we couldn’t have left any remnant of it. But at the same time, you had to take care that the tongue doesn’t lose its function,” said Dr Agarwal, who heads the pediatric and newborn surgery department at the state-run facility.