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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.


Rupee exchange rate to US Dollar, Euro, Pound, Dirham, and Riyal - 18 April 2024

Pakistani currency continues to gain against US Dollar and other currencies on April 18, 2024. US dollar was being quoted at 277.2 for buying and 280.3 for selling.

Euro comes down to 293 for buying and 296 for selling while British Pound stands at 342.25 for buying, and 345.65 for selling.

UAE Dirham AED was at 75.25 and Saudi Riyal's new rates was at 73.30. 

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

Currency Symbol Buying Selling
US Dollar USD 277.2 280.3
Euro EUR 293 296
UK Pound Sterling GBP 342.25  345.65 
U.A.E Dirham AED 75.25  75.95
Saudi Riyal SAR 73.3 74.05
Australian Dollar AUD 181 182.8
Bahrain Dinar BHD 739.63 747.63
Canadian Dollar CAD 201 203
China Yuan CNY 38.45 38.85
Danish Krone DKK 40.45 40.85
Hong Kong Dollar HKD 35.57 35.92
Indian Rupee INR 3.32 3.43
Japanese Yen JPY 1.86 1.94
Kuwaiti Dinar KWD 902.26 912.91
Malaysian Ringgit MYR 58.24 59.52
New Zealand Dollar NZD 164.75 169.63
Norwegians Krone NOK 25.42 25.68
Omani Riyal OMR 722.1 730.1
Qatari Riyal QAR 76.37 77.05
Singapore Dollar SGD 206 208
Swedish Korona SEK 25.72 26.02
Swiss Franc CHF 307.11 309.61
Thai Bhat THB 7.56 7.76


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