Hydrocephalus is not something you ever want to get

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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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  • Salacious T Crumb

    I’m sorry but this is completely barbaric. Why the fuck were the family not able to seek medical assistance for this child? India has an extremely up to date and competent medical system which is quite accessible. This child would have had signs of this at a very early age and as the article suggest, a shunt would have most certainly reversed this if early intervention had been sought.

    • thor42

      I agree. There is no excuse for letting this get as bad as it is.

  • cows4me

    Poor we thing, shit life can be a bucket of shit sometimes.

  • That’s India for you, the class this family comes from is down the bottom, and there own people do not give a rats ass, this girl could have been saved from all this,but the Indian doctors do not care and only do the job if you can pay the money.
    Whats happen with the OATH the doctors take these days??

  • Ronnie Chow

    Crikey , Cameron . Sunday nightcap already .?

  • Mediaan

    I’ve seen them here. But they get treatment.

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