Amna Noor, from Abbottabad in Pakistan, suffers from a rare condition known as hydrocephalus which results in a build-up of fluid inside the skull. The resultant pressure inside the skull can affect the brain’s functioning, leading to dizziness, vomiting, nausea, difficulties with vision, and—if the condition is serious enough—it can even result in death.
Now Amna’s parents are desperately trying to raise money so they can pay for the surgery that will relieve the pressure inside their child’s skull. If successful there’s a good chance Amna could go on to live a normal life. However, if the treatment is not received soon it could lead to Amna’s death.
Amna’s condition is a particularly severe example of hydrocephalus, with her skull having expanded to a 40 inch, or 101cm, diameter making it comparable in size to a football.
There is a child amna noor in abotabad who is suffering from congenital Hydrocephalus & spinal bifide cyst which i have personally visited & seen her— Architect Jalal Sherazi (@jalalsherazi) May 30, 2018
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collected of 1lac65k & stillneed 85k
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The child’s mother spoke about what it has been like dealing with Amna’s condition:
“We were happy that after 10 years finally God has gifted us the second child.
“The baby was quite normal at the time of birth but her head started growing at an abnormal rate.
It wasn’t until they took Amna to Ayub Medical College that she was first diagnosed with the condition.
“Doctors told us that the condition can be treated only through a surgery but Amna was too young for a surgery.
“We were asked to wait for some months. But now the condition has left her immobile and she is not able to eat or sleep properly.
Baby girl with a FOOTBALL-sized head is desperately awaiting surgery— Healthy News Daily (@eHealthyDaily) June 13, 2018
Amna Noor, from Abbottabad, Pakistan, was born with hydrocephalus - a build-up of fluid inside his skull which can be deadly. The condition is believed to strike one in 1,000 b… https://t.co/DUqrySdGmQ
“Due to the weight and size of her head, I am unable to change her napkins on my own.
“I need assistance from my husband or any other family member, which is very painful for me as a mother.”
After a recent trip to the hospital Amna’s parents discovered that it would cost £1900 for the surgery that would correct her condition. Unfortunately Amna’s father earns only £80 a month, and the distraught family is desperately trying to gather the necessary funds to cover the surgery.
“I hope after the Eid holidays, doctors will give us the date for surgery,” added her mother. “I pray to God that our daughter's condition is treated so that she can have a normal life like other children.”
Meanwhile a neurosurgeon at the college hospital where the condition would be treated spoke to reporters and said the following:
“The baby is suffering from Hydrocephalus. Her head has grown up to nearly 40 inches, which is too big for a seven-month-old baby. The treatment through shunt surgery is possible for the condition.”