They are very cute, these kids: large bright blue eyes under swollen eyelids, a wide forehead, a small upturned nose, a large mouth with full lips, often stretched out in a smile, and a small sharp chin. So depict elves – mischievous mythical little men of German-Scandinavian and Celtic folklore. And by nature, these children are similar to elves: sociable, friendly fidgets, loving music.
Unfortunately, all of the above features are symptoms of a congenital genetic disease, and by these signs it was called “elven face syndrome”, or Williams syndrome. (John Williams is a pediatric cardiologist from New Zealand who has identified a connection between the characteristic “elven” face and the delay Continue reading