A two-year-old toddler suffering from a severe facial growth has left doctors baffled as they are unable to find out what has caused his condition.
Aidan Jackowiak Smith had a premature birth and was born with a growth on his face, back and leg. After he started to suffer seizures when he was three weeks old, doctors told his parents, Vikki and Karl, that he had suffered brain damage. He has been tested for various conditions over the years, with doctors suspecting that he may suffer from Proteus Syndrome but the tests came negative.
Now doctors believe that he may have another genetic condition known as CLOVES syndrome, which stands for Congenital Lipomatous Overgrowth Vascular Malformations Epidermal Nevis Spinal/Skeletal Anomalies/Scoliosis. It is a rare syndrome affecting just 100 people worldwide after it was recognized as a disease since 2009.
"His arrival has turned our lives upside down, but it's been a blessing. I always thought I was a bit superficial. I knew some people could cope with a disabled baby, I just never thought I was one of them. But thanks to Aidan I've discovered I can because he gives me so much love and I know he loves his family to bits", his mother Vikki said.