By Bilal Kuchay
These adorable pictures show the joy of Pakistani parents after doctors remove over one litre of fluid from their six-month-old boy’s head in a life-saving operation.
Muhammad Hussain Baksh from Gadap in the northwestern part of Karachi was born with a medical condition called Hydrocephalus that resulted in excess fluid build up on the brain.
The fluid had caused the back portion of his head grow at an abnormal size, like a baseball ball, causing great trouble to his mother in breastfeeding.
The abnormal growth also meant Hussain could not sleep properly.
However, after doctors at Liaquat National Hospital conducted a procedure to drain the fluid from his skull, Hussain’s head is steadily shrinking to normal size.
“The child was admitted on June 1st with the head containing almost over one litre of fluid. We removed the fluid by operating the child.
“The baby responded well to the treatment and was discharged from the hospital within 24 hours after the operation. He is going to lead a healthy life now,” said Dr Manzar Hussain who operated on the baby.
Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain. This typically causes increased pressure inside the skull.
While older people may have headaches, double vision, poor balance, urinary incontinence, personality changes, or mental impairment. In babies there may be a rapid increase in head size. Hydrocephalus can occur due to birth defects or be acquired later in life.
Baksh’s parents, Muhammad Usman, 34, and Gulab Jan, 32, say they had known their child would be born with a big head.
“After conducting some tests during pregnancy, my doctor in December had told me that I will deliver twin babies but one of the babies would have an enlarged head.
“We were praying to God that she is wrong but she had predicted it right. While one child, also son, was born normal, Hussain was indeed born with an abnormally big head ,” said Gulab Jan.
Once Hussain was born, doctors told Gulab Jan and her husband that Hussain’s condition could be treated in a surgery that would cost them £350. But in the lack of funds, the dejected parents brought him home.
“We had no money but we had hopes that one day we will get help,” said father Muhammad Usman.
The daily wage labour, who makes a mere £3 a day, then asked his relative Jadam Jokhio for help. The good Samaritan readily agreed to pay for Hussain’s surgery.
Usman says: “With every passing day, Hussain’s head was growing. We were worried about his condition but we didn’t have the money to take him to a big hospital for treatment.
“I called my relative Jadam Jokhio once and told him about the condition of my son. Within no time he told me that he will bear the cost of his treatment. In no time he gave us over £1500 for the treatment of our son and saved his life,” added the delighted father.
Now with the successful surgery, Hussain’s parents are glad that their fourth child can lead a normal life like his siblings.
“It was very difficult raising him up. I could not feed him. Because of the extra mass of head on his neck, he could not sleep properly. Those days were really nightmarish.
“People would stare at him as if he was a ghost baby. As a mother it was devastating.
“We were worried about Baksh but we are thankful to God that our son has received the treatment and he can now live a normal, happy life,” the mother said with glint in her eyes.