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article imageIndonesian toddler's head swells

Rare debilitating condition has left little girl unable to walk or talk, and she spends her days being cared for by her dad.
As reported on Fox News, an Indonesian toddler Dilla Anargia Adilla,suffers from a rare disease, which has caused her head to grow to three times the size of an average adult’s. Hydrocephalus, allows excess fluid to collect in the skull causing head to grow at an alarming rate and from ear to ear. Dilla Anargia Adilla head now measures more than 39 inches. Photos of infants and toddlers with this condition can be seen at http://www.fetalhydrocephalus.com.
The condition affects 1 in 500 babies and is treatable in the UK through two-hour procedure, where a neurosurgeon inserts a thin tube called a shunt to drain the fluid. At www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov the website describes in more depth the signs, symptoms and treatment for this rare disorder.
Dilla’s family, have been unable to afford any treatment and doctors in Indonesia are now reluctant to carry out the operation due to the severity of Dilla’s condition.
"Ever since I was told by the doctors before her birth about her disabilities I have accepted it from the start," Puspita said. “I know that God sent Dilla to me to take care of her with all my heart."
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