By Bilal Kuchay
A Pakistani toddler with head almost the size of a football is desperately waiting for a life-saving surgery.
Born to parents Kiran Shedi, 39, and Muhammad Mumtaz Shedi, 44, 15-month-old Muhammad Sanaullah from Badin in the Sindh province of Pakistan suffers from a rare condition called Hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid inside his skull which can be deadly.
The fluid had caused his head to grow at an abnormal size leaving the infant immobile and unable to eat or sleep.
His mother, Kiran Shedi, said: “Sanaullah was born as a normal child.
“We were very happy that after 18 years of our marriage finally, God has blessed us with a son.”
The mother of five children including four daughters, Kiran said that their happiness lasted only a few weeks.
She explained: “After three or four weeks of his birth, Sanaullah’s head started growing at an abnormal rate.
“He would incessantly cry and was not able to sleep properly.
“We brought him to Civil Hospital in Badin but doctors advised us to take him to a bigger hospital in Karachi.
“They even warned us that any delay could be fatal for him.”
The desperate parents took him to Karachi where Sanaullah was treated with shunt surgery.
His father, Muhammad Mumtaz Shedi who runs a small grocery shop in his hometown and earns less than £5 a day, said: “His health remained stable until last month when his head started swelling up again.”
The parents travelled almost 120 miles again to Karachi in December and visited Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre, where their son was treated a year ago.
They were hopeful of a surgery but after conducting several tests, the doctors found that the toddler was also suffering from chest infection, which needs to be treated before a surgery was done.
Dr Muhammad Imran, Neurosergeon at Shaheed Mohtarma Benazir Bhutto Trauma Centre, said: “The swelling in his head is due to shunt malfunction and that will be treated through a surgery only.
“But we had to delay the surgery because the patient was also suffering from chest infection.
“We have told the parents to bring him back to hospital for regular checkups.”
The parents are worried about the condition of their son and say that people are looking differently towards him.
“Many people in our neighbourhood show a completely different behaviour towards him. We are worried about our son but at the same time we are hopeful that God will listen to our prayers and his condition will be treated.”
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.
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.