Toddler being slowly suffocated by her massive tongue faces life or death battle

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A brave two-year-old girl who is being slowly suffocated by her enormous tongue faces a life or death battle over Christmas .

Little Zhyrille Cruz, who suffers from a rare tumour, is likely to die if she does not undergo surgery to treat her condition.


The toddler was born with a noticeably swollen mouth.

And shortly after, she diagnosed with lymphangioma- an uncommon disease which causes benign growths in the lymph vessels.

Her poverty-stricken parents claim doctors initially told them their daughter’s condition would not develop into anything dangerous.

But they watched in despair as the lymphangioma slowly worsened, leaving Zhyrille with a massive tongue and struggling to breathe.

The toddler’s mum Mary Cruz, 22, took her to the local government ‘sweepstakes office’, the equivalent of National Lottery funding in the UK.

There, the little girl, who is believed to be from the Philippines, received funding for doctors to fit a tube into her neck for her to breathe.

Zhyrille is now receiving free oral chemotherapy medicine at home in a desperate bid to reduce the size of her benign tumour.

If the tumour is reduced, doctors will put her forward for surgery which her mum and dad, Gerry Cruz, 28, will have to try to fund themselves.

Heartbreakingly, the condition could be treated relatively easily with an operation in Britain.

But without surgery, it is likely that Zhyrille will become one of the rare cases where lymphangioma ends up being fatal.

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