After a series of preliminary procedures last week, 18-month-old Roona Begum, who was born with hydrocephalus, underwent a major operation at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute (FMRI) on Wednesday.
According to the doctors at FMRI, the life-saving surgery was successful but they have refused to comment on Roona’s progress. “The surgery went well, much better than expected. It is too early to comment on how she progresses,” said Dr Sandeep Vaishya, additional director, neurosurgery, FMRI, and the doctor in-charge of Begum’s case.
Roona, hailing from Agartala, was admitted on April 16, 2013 for a rare condition that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size.
The condition is also known as water in the brain. There is excessive accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain which causes it to enlarge day by day. This is a congenital condition wherein the overgrowth starts in the womb.
Roona’s head, which had swollen up to a circumference measuring 94cm, had developed bedsores.
“Nearly a month ago, at the time of her admission to the hospital, the baby had infected pressure sores on the back of her head. After the surgery, the head circumference had been brought down to a manageable 63 cm. She is under observation. Additional procedures will be required in the future,” said Vaishya.
The baby girl, who belongs to a poor family, was malnourished and weighed only 14 kg at the time of admission.
She had also suffered from a chest infection and her eyes were sunken.
Owing to this, she had to be examined several times and her condition was made stable before conducting the surgery, expounded Vaishya, who has been in this field for the last 18 years.
FMRI had learnt about Begum’s case when a news agency approached the hospital nearly a month ago.