India's 'Ghost Baby' with world's biggest head baffles medical experts

03:38 PM | 7 Jan, 2017
India's 'Ghost Baby' with world's biggest head baffles medical experts
MUMBAI - Mrityunjay Das, a seven-month-old child in India, has been dubbed the 'ghost baby' and called 'giant head' after his head swelled to 96cm due to a condition called hydrocephalus that resulted in excess fluid build up on the brain.

However, the circumference of the head was reduced to 70cm after an operation to drain 3.7 litres of fluid from his skull.

Baby's head after an initial operation.

The baby belongs to Ranpur State, India, and is now set to have cranioplasty to reshape his deformed skull.

Mrityunjay's parents' Kamalesh Das and Kavita say their family have been shunned in their local community due to their son's deformity.

The 35-years-old Kamalesh who works in Kolkata, said: 'People would call our baby a 'ghost' because of his unusual appearance.

He hoped that after the cranoplasty, the boy would look like a normal human being thus making it easir for them to live in the commun ity with joy and pride.

On the other hand, Dr Dilip Parida, superintendent of the AIIMS hospital at Bhuwaneshwar, said: 'The child was admitted on November 20 with the head containing almost 5.5 liters of fluid. 

'We have removed 3.7 liters of fluid so far by external ventricular drainage.

Mrityunjay is the second case of such type. Earlier, Roona Begum, from Tripura in India, head swelled to 94cm.

The writer is a civil servant.


Pakistani rupee exchange rate to US dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 May 2024 Forex Rates

Pakistani currency rates against US Dollar and other currencies on May 18, 2024 (Saturday) in open market.

USD to PKR rate today

US dollar was being quoted at 277.4 for buying and 280.35 for selling.

Euro stands at 297 for buying and 299.5 for selling while British Pound rate is 348.5 for buying, and 352 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal came down to 73.50.

Today’s currency exchange rates in Pakistan - 18 May 2024

Source: Forex Association of Pakistan. (last update 09:00 AM)
Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.4 280.35
Euro EUR 297 299.5
UK Pound Sterling GBP 348.5 352
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25 76
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.5 74.25
Australian Dollar AUD 181 183
Bahrain Dinar BHD 747.77 755.77
Canadian Dollar CAD 203 205
China Yuan CNY 38.49 38.89
Danish Krone DKK 40.25 40.65
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.96 36.31
Indian Rupee INR 3.33 3.44
Japanese Yen JPY 1.91 1.99
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 913.28 922.28
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.69 59.29
New Zealand Dollar NZD 169.45 171.45
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.67 25.97
Omani Riyal OMR 730.59 738.59
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.41 77.11
Singapore Dollar SGD 203 205
Swedish Korona SEK 25.67 25.97
Swiss Franc CHF 309.01 311.51
Thai Bhat THB 7.57 7.72


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