Little boy who needs surgery before he can smile
HE’S the little boy who cannot smile. Three-year-old Levi Nikolic was born with the rare condition, Moebius syndrome, causing facial paralysis.
Although he experiences emotions like most other little boys his age, he’s unable to express joy through a smile, disappointment with a frown or surprise by raising his eyebrows.
“Levi is often misinterpreted for being dull, submissive or unfriendly because of his facial paralysis and inability to smile at others, or show expressions, which greatly affect his social interactions,” his mother Julie Nikolic said.
“We know when he’s happy because he’ll giggle. But the hardest thing is seeing Levi not being able to smile and show his happiness to the world. It’s something that people don’t comprehend. They think everyone can smile.”
A scan at the Queensland Children’s Hospital when he was about three months old pinpointed the problem.
The condition, which has no known cause, has also resulted in their mischievous little boy having excessive drooling and speech difficulties.
Mrs Nikolic is concerned that without “smile surgery”, it will affect opportunities for employment and relationships.
The Nikolics, from Redcliffe, north of Brisbane, wanted to tell their story to raise awareness about Moebius syndrome in the hope of creating “a more tolerant and accepting world”.
They also hope to raise money to take Levi to California for an eight-hour “facial reanimation” operation. TO DONATE TO LEVI’S SURGERY: WWW. GOFUNDME. COM/ F / A- S MILEFOR- LEVI