Saturday, 13 April 2013 17:00
JIRANIA KHOLA: A desperate Indian father whose young child suffers from a condition that caused her head to swell up to an enormous size said Saturday he is praying for a "miracle" to save her life.
Eighteen-month-old Roona Begum was diagnosed with hydrocephalus, in which cerebrospinal fluid builds up in the brain, just weeks after her birth in a government-run hospital in remote Tripura state in northeast India.
The potentially fatal illness has caused Roona's head to swell to a circumference of 91-centimetres (36-inches), putting pressure on her brain.
Her father, Abdul Rahman, 18, who lives in a mud hut with his family in the village of Jirania Khola, told AFP he prays for "a miracle" that will save his only child.
"Day by day, I saw her head growing too big after she was born," said the illiterate labourer who works in a brick-making factory.
Doctors told him to go to a specialist hospital ...