Baby Roona`s head size further reduced, set to go home

By Ritu Singh | Last Updated: Jan 03, 2014, 23:31 PM IST

Zee Media Bureau

New Delhi: Roona Begum whose extraordinary case had baffled the entire medical fraternity is all set to return to her home in Tripura after doctors further reduced her head size to 57 cm.

The two-year-old Roona Begum, who is child of a daily wage labourer from Tripura, is suffering from hydrocephalus, a rare disorder that has caused her head to swell to an unprecedented 94 cm. She went through a sequence of complex, life-saving surgeries which saw doctors drain fluid from her head and dramatically reduce the size of her skull.

Baby Roona was first admitted to Fortis hospital in April 2013 and was discharged on August 1, 2013 after 105 days of stay at the hospital.

In November,she returned to hospital for second round of treatment where the surgeons performed remodelling on the anterior part of her skull to further reduce and reshape her head.

"Roona's health has shown a marked improvement over the last few months, and in particular, since her last surgery. When she came to us for the second time in November last year, she was able to move her head sideways," a doctor treating her said.

"With her last procedure, she is now able to sleep on her belly, which will eliminate the complication of painful bed sores. She is taking slow but sure steps towards recovery," Surgeon and Director of Neurosurgery, Dr Sandeep Vaishya said.

Senior Consultant for plastic and reconstructive surgery, Dr Rashmi Taneja who was also part of the team treating her, said, "She will require a couple of surgeries later. It is heartening to see her improved vitals, increased head mobility and playfulness in her behaviour."

With this latest development and signs of improvement in her health, Roona's parents are quite hopeful that their daughter will make it through.