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Indian medics conduct 'perfect' op on baby's swollen head

Published on May 15, 2013 4:12 PM
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Indian doctors prepare Roona Begum, a 15-month old girl for a surgery suffering from hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to swelling, at a hospital in Gurgaon near New Delhi on May 15, 2013.  Doctors have successfully carried out life-saving surgery on Roona Begum, who was suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size.  -- PHOTO: AFP

NEW DELHI (AFP) - Doctors on Wednesday successfully carried out life-saving surgery on an Indian baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size, a neurosurgeon told AFP.

"The surgery went perfectly, much better than expected," Dr Sandeep Vaishya said after the procedure on 15-month-old Roona Begum, speaking exclusively to an AFP reporter inside the operating theatre at a hospital in New Delhi.

"It's definitely a success but it's too early to say what the quality of her future life will be like," he added.

Roona, who was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that results in a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, was found in an Indian village last month living with her parents who are too poor to pay for treatment.

 
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