Baby boy with ‘world’s biggest head’ has four litres of fluid removed from skull after it swelled to THREE TIMES the normal size Baby boy with ‘world’s biggest head’ has four litres of fluid removed from skull after it swelled to THREE TIMES the normal size
A BABY whose head swelled to the three times its normal size has received life-saving treatment to reduce his ballooning skull. Seven-month-old Mrityunjay was born... Baby boy with ‘world’s biggest head’ has four litres of fluid removed from skull after it swelled to THREE TIMES the normal size

A BABY whose head swelled to the three times its normal size has received life-saving treatment to reduce his ballooning skull.

Seven-month-old Mrityunjay was born with a giant head, measuring 96cm in circumference – far bigger than the 34cm average for a baby his age.

The baby’s head swelled to three times the normal size

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The baby’s head swelled to three times the normal size

Terrified for their son’s life, his parents Kamalesh Das and Kavita, from Ranpur in India rushed him to several hospitals before he was treated by doctors at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences hospital in Delhi.

Their specialists revealed the little boy suffers from an extreme form of hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid on the brain.

Medics at the government-run hospital in Bhuwaneshwar have now successfully removed 3.7 litres of fluid from his head, reducing it to 70cm after just six weeks of treatment.

Dr Dilip Parida, superintendent of the hospital, said: “The child was admitted with us since November 20.

“The head contained almost 5.5 litres of fluid.

“We have removed 3.7 litres of fluid so far by external ventricular drainage.

“Subsequently, we have placed a shunt inside baby head which is working perfectly.

“Now, the circumference of the head has come down from 96cm to 70cm.

“The cognitive functions of the child have improved a lot.

“The child is stable and has responded well to the treatment.”

The challenge for doctors will be reshaping the baby’s skull

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The challenge for doctors will be reshaping the baby’s skullBut the real challenge for doctors now lies in adjusting Mrityunjay’s skull to reshape his head.

Dr Parida said: “Since the cranial bones are not fused and floating, now the real challenge is to find a way to adjust the cranial bones.

“We have applied bandages around the skull and planning to do cranoplasty at a later stage, if required.

“The baby was absolutely bed-ridden earlier, now it can take turns.

“We are happy with the developments and the parents are also happy to see the improvements.”

In 2013, toddler Roona Begum from Tripura in India, made headlines around the world when her head swelled to 94cm due to the same medical condition.

According to medical records, Roona’s head was the largest ever recorded, but doctors are checking to see if Mrityunjay’s is now the largest recorded case.

It is thought the baby suffered the largest hydrocephalus in the world

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It is thought the baby suffered the largest hydrocephalus in the world

Doctors have drained more than three litres of fluid from his head

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Doctors have drained more than three litres of fluid from his head

Father, Kamalesh, 35, works as a daily wage worker in Kolkata and his wife, Kavita, 30, is a stay-at-home mum.

Kavita said: “We didn’t know what to do, where to go?

“After making rounds of many other hospitals, we finally brought him here. I am thankful to the doctors for taking such a good care of our baby.

“They were like godsend to us. It has been a month since my baby has undergone treatment here.

“I can see for myself that his head has shrunk during the course of treatment.

“Earlier, he would be crying all the time, but I am happy to see the smile on his face.”

Henry Okafor

  • Markeise brown

    2017-01-09 #1 Author

    From sad but interesting i pray this child gets better and goes on to be great.

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  • Nandesora

    2017-01-09 #2 Author

    Keeping baby and family in my prayers
    Amen!

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  • Ty

    2017-01-09 #3 Author

    This is so sad I hope everything gets better with this baby I am praying for him

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  • Deirdre Hicks

    2017-01-09 #4 Author

    It’s so said to see kids in these conditions. And I know that God is on his side and watching over him and his family. I make sure to keep him in my prays

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  • Injoy Coleman

    2017-01-09 #5 Author

    God bless this child. He will heal this baby

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  • Koko

    2017-01-10 #6 Author

    Omg praying for the baby!

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  • Star Morgan

    2017-01-10 #7 Author

    My heart goes out to this baby n parents…..I really hate to see babies sick….Thank God for good drs

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  • Karmen

    2017-01-10 #8 Author

    Omg prayers for him and the faimily

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  • Talisha Austin

    2017-01-10 #9 Author

    this is very sad I hope everything okay with this baby

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