By Bilal Kuchay
A three-month-old Pakistani girl is desperately waiting for a surgery to remove a lump from her neck that has grown bigger than her head.
Zareena Mangro from Loralai in Pakistan’s Balochistan province was born with occipital encephalocele – a rare condition in which brain fluid bulges out of the skull bone.
Born as the third child to parents Wajid Mangro, 37, and mother Nasreen Mangro, 24, Zareena had a round mass not bigger than a golf ball, on her neck at birth.
But within three months the mass grew twice the size of her head. She is not able to turn her head.
Her mother, Nasreen, said: “Zareena was born through a normal delivery with a small ball-like mass on her neck.
“She was only two-week old when we took her to hospital. Her lump was very small at that time.
“Doctors gave her medicines but her condition didn’t improve rather went from bad to worse. Within three months, the lump has grown bigger than her head.
“We are worried about her condition as she is not able to turn her head. Also,she can’t sleep on the back of her head.”
Zareena’s father, Wajid Mangro, who works as a plumber in a construction company in UAE took one month leave from work and flew back to Pakistan in order to get her daughter operated in a bigger hospital.
Wajid and her wife Nasreen travelled over 500 miles in a bus from Loralai to Karachi and got Zareena admitted in Jinnah Post Graduate Medical Centre.
The devastated parents are desperately waiting for a surgery that can change their daughter’s life.
Wajid said: “It’s our second visit to Jinnah Hospital but yet we have not received any date for surgery yet. Doctors are giving her medicines and antibiotics through syringe.
“But, we are hopeful that our daughter will undergo a surgery very soon and her life will change forever.”
Neurosurgeon Dr Lal Rehman said: “Zareena’s lump has grown too much and she needs an urgent surgery.
“We have done MRI and some tests but few more tests need to be done before a surgery could be planned.”
Encephalocele, sometimes known as cranium bifidum, is a neural tube defect characterized by sac-like protrusions of the brain and the membranes that cover it through openings in the skull. These defects are caused by failure of the neural tube to close completely during fetal development.