Kendrapara, September 26 (Local Wire) Suryakanta Mallick, a six-year-old marginalized child of Jagatsinghpur district, has been struggling with deadly brain swelling rare disease hydrocephalus.
Suryakanta battles the disease marked by swelling of the brain due to water for last six years. His brain is almost double the size of a normal six years old child due to excess brain fluid.
Alarmingly, day by day the brain swells in size due to growing accumulation of water.
Hydrocephalus, the rare disease, is caused by an accumulation of the cerebrospinal fluid inside the skull, putting pressure on the brain from inside.
Babies like Suryakanta born with the condition need immediate surgery to avoid being left permanently disabled. The illness is usually treated by inserting a ‘shunt’ into the brain to drain out the fluid.
The district hospital has no facilities to treat Suryakanta. Local doctors have advised parents to shift the child to any hospital at Cuttack for better treatment.
“I work as a daily wager for which it is impossible for me to arrange money for the treatment of my son in Cuttack”, said Sudhir Mallick, father of Suryakanta, holding head with the two hands, giving a virtual blank look of no hope.
Sudhir is a resident of socially and economically poor dominated Nuaghadi village under Earasama block.
Suryakanta’s father counting when the on-going days to run from pillar to post would end in search of funds to treat his son at any reputed private hospital at Cuttack.
Sudhir takes a deep breath as the answer still eludes.