A 1-year 2-month-old child in Cape Coast is struggling for her life as she has developed fetal hydrocephalus.
In a video-monitored by Obcommunication.com on Nyanis TV, a mother, Baaba Daadzie was found drowned in tears as her first child had developed the fetal hydrocephalus condition.
Unfortunately, this is not the only condition that the child is battling. She also has water oozing out of her eyes, ears and nose. In addition to this, she has dilated pupils which according to the mother makes it difficult for the child to see well.
Hydrocephalus, or “water on the brain,” is a condition associated with a buildup of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) in or around the brain. If left untreated, this can lead to brain tissue stretching, significantly affecting the child’s growth and development.
Hydrocephalus is often congenital, meaning babies are born with it, but infants and children can develop it as well. There is no one specific cause of congenital hydrocephalus. However, it may be linked to a genetic defect, or be the result of another disorder such as spina bifida or encephalocele (sac-like protrusions of the brain).
However, what has made this chid’s case quite troubling is the inability of the child to see well. According to the mother, she realized that four months ago, the child’s head had started growing bigger and bigger. Upon seeing this situation, they sent the child to the Cape Coast Teaching Hospital, where they were told to raise at least a sum of GH 4,500.00 for the surgery.
“Please, we have taken her to Interburton (Cape Coast Teaching Hospital) to see the paediatricians. She has successfully undergone a scan, but what is left currently is for the surgery to be performed. The doctor said that they would at least need two thousand cedis (GH 2,000.00) for some sedative injections. This would put the baby to sleep so they could perform the surgery. After the surgery, she would need other medications and it is all estimated around GH4,500.00 Ghana cedis”.
The mother further went on to describe some of the challenges the child is facing. She told Obcommunication.com in an exclusive interview that the baby can’t speak, neither can she crawl successfully.
“My baby can’t speak. The only thing she does is to wriggle her lips. Even if she tries to crawl, she is unable because the head has become so heavy that it weighs her down and in some cases, she topples over” she said.
The grandmother of the child also indicated that they had earlier made incursions about four months ago when they saw signs. Furtherance to that, they took the child to the hospital as has been said by the mother, but unfortunately, the cost involved is what has kept them at bay.
Hydrocephalus is typically detected through a prenatal ultrasound between 15 and 35 weeks gestation. Our specialists are able to confirm this diagnosis with a fetal magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) exam, which provides more detailed images of the brain.
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BY: ONESIPHORUS OBUOBI