Story By:- Sanjeev Dutta
INDIA( Himachal Pradesh) Shivani aged 15 years having 27 inches head being held up by her mother as she can no longer support its weight independently.
Shivani Kumari from Himachal Pradesh, India has been suffering from hydrocephalus disease for the last three years after she fell. Shivani was born normal but one day she fell down while playing with her friends,” said her mother, Kushla Devi.“We carried her to the local doctor but he referred us to the higher medical institute.
”Hydrocephalus is a condition in which there is an accumulation of cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) within the brain. This typically causes increased pressure inside the skull.Older people may have headaches, double vision, poor balance, urinary incontinence, personality changes, or mental impairment.
In babies there may be a rapid increase in head size. Other symptoms may include vomiting, sleepiness and downward pointing of the eyes. Hydrocephalus can occur due to birth defects or be acquired later in life. Associated birth defects include neural tube defects and those that result in aqueductal stenosis. Shivani is unable to walk or sit independently due to the size of her head.
Doctors’ at the region’s biggest government hospital explained disease is caused by the presence of water. Doctors suggested surgery which would cost around Rs. 100000 but Shivani’s father Gurmeet Singh (40) only works as a casual labourer and is unable to afford this amount.Villagers are sympathetic towards Shivani and nobody makes fun of her but they think that her condition is predestined. The family, unable to afford treatment, are hoping for a miracle so that one day she will get better.