One-year-old Preston Tassi cannot smile.
The adorable toddler from Des Moines, Iowa, was born with Moebius Syndrome, sometimes called "China Doll Syndrome," a rare neurological syndrome that affects the muscles in his face.
His eyes are almost always open. He cannot look from side to side. With no facial muscular control, smiling is impossible.
He can't even close his lips around a bottle.
"As we feed him we have to hold his cheeks in,” Preston's mother, Sarah Tassi, tells KCCI.
Preston's parents, Jason and Sarah Tassi, are currently raising awareness for this rare condition and trying to raise the funds needed for their son to under an expense re-animation surgery, or "smile surgery," when he gets a little older, likely around the age of five.
"The 'Smile Surgery' is performed in only a few places; a few that we know of are St. Louis, Boston, Seattle, and Los Angeles, and are researching these hospitals now," the Tassis write. "TheRead More »from Cute Iowa toddler awaits ‘smile surgery’