Medical mystery Baby can’t open mouth
A family turns to the Internet to find out how to treat 10-month-old Wyatt’s rare condition.
A family desperate for answers has turned to the Internet to find out why their 10-month-old son can’t open his mouth.
When Wyatt was born last June in Ottawa, Canada, doctors were immediately alarmed that he couldn’t open his mouth — fearing he could not breathe and would need to be intubated, according to the Scotts’ blog. He spent the next three months in the hospital.
Since then, they have needed to call 911 six times because Wyatt was choking and unable to open his mouth, Andrew Scott said. Once, they needed to administer CPR, and another time, a bloody nose spilled out of his mouth and scared them all.
Wyatt’s doctor, Dr. J. P. Vaccani, said the condition, congenital trismus, is rare and usually the result of a fused joint or extra band of tissue. But Wyatt’s CT and MRI scans appear to be normal.