Hydrocephalus is not something you ever want to get



This is not some sci-fi story, nor is it some “alien impregnation” story. It is real and that child is suffering:

A young girl in India has such an extreme case of hydrocephalus that her head has swelled to an alarming size.

Runa Begum has had the condition — in which cerebrospinal fluid collects in the skull — since she was born, her mother, Fatima, told Reuters. Doctors in the Tripura region, where the family lives, have been unable to provide relief. Runa’s father, Abdul Rehman, doesn’t earn enough as a brick factory worker to pay for more medical help. 

Dr. Peter Heydemann, a pediatric neurologist at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago, told The Huffington Post that the girl could perhaps be treated with a shunt inserted to drain the fluid, but he expressed doubt whether any brain damage could be reversed. “Her brain has been under a fair bit of pressure,” he said. “I wouldn’t be surprised if the child was blind.”

Heydemann suggested Runa (or Roona, as identified by some news outlets) might have hydranencephaly, in which the brain hemispheres are absent and the empty space is filled by cerebrospinal fluid.

Heydemann said he had never seen such an extreme case, but he added that the prominent veins on her scalp are a “common piece of this puzzle.”

Some people are trying to raise money for an operation for her. I think it might be a bit too late for that. I wonder wh these things always seem to happening the third world?


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As much at home writing editorials as being the subject of them, Cam has won awards, including the Canon Media Award for his work on the Len Brown/Bevan Chuang story. When he’s not creating the news, he tends to be in it, with protagonists using the courts, media and social media to deliver financial as well as death threats.

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