Doctors operate on baby in India whose head swelled to double its size (gallery)

Published: May 16, 2013

VANCOUVER DESI

Doctors have successfully carried out life-saving surgery on a baby in India suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to swell to nearly double its size, her neurosurgeon told AFP.

“The surgery went perfectly, much better than expected,’ Sandeep Vaishya said after the procedure on 15-month-old Roona Begum, speaking exclusively to an AFP reporter inside the operating theatre at a hospital in New Delhi, India.

Begum suffers from hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to swelling.

Roona Begum

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Indian doctors prepare 1-year old girl Roona Begum, suffering from hydrocephalus, a buildup of fluid inside the skull that leads to swelling, for surgery at a hospital in Gurgaon on the outskirts of New Delhi on June 27, 2013. Indian doctors said June 27 they successfully carried out comprehensive reconstructive surgery on the skull of a baby suffering from a rare disorder that caused her head to nearly double in size. The four-hour-long surgery on the skull of one-year-old Roona Begum was carried out at a hospital near New Delhi where last month surgeons also drained fluid from the youngster's head in a life-saving operation. PRAKASH SINGH/AFP/Getty Images

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