A baby in Ontario is baffling doctors. His name is Wyatt and he suffers from something called congenital trismus, which leaves him essentially unable to open his mouth.
A baby's condition in Ontario is baffling doctors. His name is Wyatt and he suffers from something called congenital trismus. That leaves him essentially unable to open his mouth.
His parents, Andrew and Amy learned something was drastically wrong right after his birth on June 27th last year. When the nurse attempted to check the newborn’s palette, she couldn’t get her finger inside his mouth. Doctors soon diagnosed him with the rare condition.
Trismus is typically brought on by a tetanus infection, making it almost impossible for sufferers to open their mouths. But in Wyatt’s case, the condition is not caused by tetanus, leaving doctors clueless as to what’s truly wrong with him.
And not knowing the cause is making treatment difficult. Over the course of his short life, Wyatt’s parents have had to call 911 half a dozen times.
A tube has been inserted through his nose so he can receive nourishment. Everyday, his mom and dad perform physiotherapy on his mouth and Wyatt also receives Botox injections to relax his jaw muscles.
Doctors speculate he may have a type of undetected muscle or nerve damage that might be the source of the trouble, but thus far no medical proof has surfaced.
Andrew and Amy have built a website called ‘What’s Wrong With Wyatt?’ to share his story and hopefully find the cause of his condition.