In one of the rarest of rare medical case, a boy from southern Bangladesh, has a head weighing 9 kg- the average weight of a one-year-old boy. Two-year-old Emon’s head has swollen to more than three times its normal size.
According to a report in Mail Online, the toddler’s head was slightly bigger than usual when he was delivered by Caesarean section, but it continued to grow bigger in the past two years.
Due to the huge size of his head, he was unable to walk or even move his limbs. Unfortunately the huge head weight has made the child unable to talk. His parents have taken him to nearby health centers, hospitals and consulted different doctors. However, they were unable to diagnose the real condition of the kid.
Desperate to find help for their son, they also explored the spiritual circuit for a miraculous cure, but nothing worked out.
After dozens of consultations, the boy was finally diagnosed with ‘Hydrocephalus’, which is caused by a buildup of fluid inside the skull, increasing pressure and causing damage to the brain. Cerebrospinal fluid commonly known as CSF, which is essential for cushioning the organ, providing nutrients and removing waste products, surrounds the brain and spine.
The organ constantly produces new CSF (about a pint a day), while old fluid is released from the brain and absorbed into the blood vessels. However, if this process is interrupted, the level of CSF can quickly build-up, placing pressure on the brain.
Congenital Hydrocephalus can be caused by birth defects, such as spina bifida – where an infant’s spine doesn’t develop properly. It can also occur as a result of an infection the mother develops during pregnancy, such as mumps or rubella (German measles). If left untreated, it carries the risk of long-term mental and physical disabilities as a result of permanent brain damage.
Doctors have advised Emon’s parents that medics in foreign countries could help him. However, they are too poor to go to another country for the treatment.
So, it appears that their son’s future is bleak as of now.