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Indian baby with big head released

AFP-JIJI

Doctors Friday discharged a 1-year-old Indian baby who underwent multiple surgery to correct a rare disorder that caused her head to nearly double in size, a neurosurgeon said.

Roona Begum endured several surgical procedures which saw doctors at a hospital near New Delhi drain fluid from her head in a life-saving operation and dramatically reduce the size of her skull.

“Roona’s health has improved significantly. . . . We have discharged the baby this morning and she is fit to travel,” surgeon Sandeep Vaishya said.

Roona was born with hydrocephalus, a potentially fatal condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid to build up on the brain. Her condition had caused her head to swell to a circumference of 94 cm, putting pressure on her brain and making it impossible for her to sit upright or crawl.

Her head shrank to 58 centimeters after procedures conducted between April and July at the hospital run by the private Fortis Healthcare group.

Vaishya, who heads the hospital’s neurosurgery unit said he expected her head to shrink further after a final surgery in about six months.

“When she came here, she was almost immobile. Now, she is moving her head from side to side easily, it shows that her neck muscles are already getting stronger,” he said.

“The next big step will be for her to sit up.