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A cheeky grin etched across his face, 18-month-old Gavin loves to throw around his toys like any normal toddler.

But unlike most children his age, the brave boy has already battled a rare genetic condition which has left a glaring physical mark.

For Gavin bears a huge growth on his jaw after being born with hundreds of small cysts which bulge from under his skin.  

A gruelling treatment process saw him spend the first seven months of his life in hospital, where he endured relentless injections and multiple operations. 

Now, parents Joseph and Victoria Silvestri, from Jacksonville, Florida, have spoken out about Gavin's tough start with lymphatic malformation.

Gavin Silvestri, from Jacksonville, Florida, was born with abnormal growth of cysts within the head and neck

Gavin Silvestri, from Jacksonville, Florida, was born with abnormal growth of cysts within the head and neck

Victoria Silvestri has hailed her 'little warrior' son who she says is just like any normal boy

Victoria Silvestri has hailed her 'little warrior' son who she says is just like any normal boy

Parents Joseph and Victoria Silvestri have spoken out about Gavin's tough first few months and the emotional roller coaster they endured throughout the pregnancy

Parents Joseph and Victoria Silvestri have spoken out about Gavin's tough first few months and the emotional roller coaster they endured throughout the pregnancy

At her 18-week anatomy scan, Ms Silvestri's dreams of a 'fairytale pregnancy' were flipped upside-down.

She said: 'We were there to try to figure out if he was a boy or a girl and to measure all of his limbs and heart.

'The ultrasound technician was doing her scan, everything was fine up until the point where she says "let me go grab the doctor".'

The doctor revealed that Gavin would be born with lymphatic malformation - a build-up of abnormal cells in the head which creates a large mass and affects only one in 4,000 children.

Ms Silvestri added: 'When I first found out that Gavin would be different, I was terrified. I didn't know what to think.'

The doctor revealed that Gavin would be born with lymphatic malformation - a build-up of abnormal cysts in the head which creates a large mass

The doctor revealed that Gavin would be born with lymphatic malformation - a build-up of abnormal cysts in the head which creates a large mass 

On February 8, 2018, Gavin was born and the Silvestris saw for the first time the severity of his malformed head.

Yet this did not faze the delighted couple, who like any parents were overwhelmed with joy.

Ms Silvestri said: 'I wasn't crying, I wasn't upset, because that was him, that was my baby.'

But after just four days Gavin had to begin a long journey of sclerotherapy, which uses injections to target and shrink the cysts.

Gavin, 18 months, spent the first seven months of his life in hospital where he had multiple operations

Gavin, 18 months, spent the first seven

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