The baby with a heart-shaped head

Daily Trust - - CITY NEWS - Culled from dai­ly­

An In­done­sian baby has been born with a huge tu­mour on the right side of his face, caus­ing his head to be­come heart-shaped. Muham­mad Nafi, who is two weeks old, has a mas­sive growth which has been in­creas­ing in size rapidly since be­fore he was born.

He has been left with a dras­ti­cally swollen and mis­shapen head.

Now, his par­ents are des­per­ately try­ing to raise money to pay for him to have treat­ment.

Muham­mad is the sec­ond child of mother Mailani, 22, and fa­ther Buasin, 32, who works as a farmer in a re­mote and iso­lated area of West Kal­i­man­tan.

‘I am con­fused of what I have to do with my son. I can only sub­mit

A mas­sive growth which has been in­creas­ing in size rapidly since be­fore he was born has left him with a dras­ti­cally swollen and mis­shapen head.

my­self to the fate,’ Mrs Nafi said.

Muham­mad is cur­rently be­ing cared for at St An­to­nius Hospi­tal in Pontianak, the cap­i­tal of West Kal­i­man­tan prov­ince.

He was born weigh­ing a healthy 7lbs with the help of a mid­wife.

His mother said she ex­pe­ri­enced no ma­jor prob­lems dur­ing her preg­nancy, al­though she did feel nau­seous from the fourth month on­wards.

How­ever, be­cause the cou­ple live so far from a hospi­tal, she was forced to rely on medicine from small shops in nearby vil­lages.

Mr Nafi said: ‘Well, what else should I do? I’m com­pletely flus­tered. I can only be re­signed to ac­cept it.

‘At first my son was hos­pi­talised in Sukadana in Kay­ong Utara Re­gion, then he was re­ferred to be taken care at a hospi­tal in Ke­ta­pang Re­gion.

‘There, they couldn’t do much for my son’s dis­ease ei­ther. There­fore, we took our son to the Re­gional Pub­lic Hospi­tal (RSUD).’

How­ever, un­happy with the treat­ment their son re­ceived there, the cou­ple trans­ferred him to St An­to­nius.

The par­ents are now try­ing to raise funds to pay for the growth to be re­moved, al­though surgery will have to be de­layed un­til Muham­mad is at least three months old.

At present, the oper­a­tion is con­sid­ered too risky as the tu­mour has left the baby’s skull open and un­formed on the right half of his face, leav­ing his brain ex­posed.

The tu­mour has af­fected the func­tion­ing of Muham­mad right eye, but more ex­ten­sive ex­am­i­na­tions are needed to see if his other or­gans are work­ing nor­mally.

‘Hope­fully my son will be re­cov­ered soon,’ Mr Nafi said.

‘Some people have al­ready helped, but it isn’t enough yet. In fact, there hasn’t been any help from the lo­cal govern­ment of Kay­ong Utara Re­gion.’

Muham­mad Nafi has a huge, and rapidly grow­ing, tu­mour on the right-hand side of his face

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