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Surgery Helps Baby With Severely Swollen Head

Fri, 06/28/2013 - 11:33am

Indian doctors have successfully completed a second round of reconstructive surgery on the skull of a baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to nearly double in size.

The four-hour-long surgery on the skull of 1-year-old Roona Begum was carried out at a hospital near New Delhi where last month surgeons also drained fluid from the youngster's head in a life-saving operation.

"Today's surgery was the biggest one so far in terms of remodeling her head. I think it went pretty well," neurosurgeon Dr. Sandeep Vaishya told an AFP reporter inside the operating theatre.

Roona was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that causes cerebrospinal fluid to build up on the brain.

Her condition had caused her head to swell to a circumference of 94cm, putting pressure on her brain and making it impossible for her to sit upright or crawl. Roona's head had shrunk to about 60cm after procedures conducted in May and doctors expect it to shrink further after yesterday's operation.

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