Kolkata, Aug 9 IBNS | 1 year ago

Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals in Kolkata announced it has recently saved an infant patient who was suffering from a critical cyst similar to a second head.


Eight-month-old Tofajjal was born with a rare condition of Encephalomeningocele.

The infant was far away from leading a normal life like other infants.

Hospital authorities said when Tofajjal was in his mother's womb the ultrasonography report confirmed that he would be born with a rare problem, something that his parents were unaware of.

As time passed by the cyst grew in size and reached the size of another head, they said.

"Coming from a remote village near Agartala city, the parents Sahalam Miyan and Sabiya Khatun took their baby to a local doctor and to many other places but they were not given any help and only received opinions that the case was very risky and mortality chances were very high," a hospital official said

"Eventually they heard about Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals but because of mortality risk they were initially in two minds to get the child operated. After consulting Dr Sisir Das Senior Consultant Neurosurgeon, Aplollo Gleneeagles Hospitals, they got the courage to go ahead with the treatment," he said.

"A medical team was formed headed by Dr Sisir Das and included Dr Kajal Das, Neurosurgeon, Pediatric Surgeon - Dr Debashish Mitra and Anestheist Dr Sapna Sirohia. The surgery was a long tedious process but in the end it was successful," he said.

Dibakar Ganguly, Director of Medical Services, said: "The case is very rare. It happens in 1 out of 45000 cases. I am very proud of what happened in the last few weeks. We are glad we could help a needy family from Tripura."

Sisir Das said, "After his birth there was a large mass on the head. It kept growing with time. There was a problem in the brain. The superior sagittal sinus in brain continued to the other mass. It became like a cyst."

Das said, "This was a major concern for the parents. No one wants to see their child in such condition. So we are very happy with what we achieved. It was a 4 - 6 hours long operation. Obviously there can be some complications in the future but that cannot be foretold now."

Dr Rupali Basu, CEO, Apollo Gleneagles Hospitals, Kolkata said: "This surgery was indeed a miracle. It was very complex and complicated and so we are proud of what we have done."

(Posted on 09-08-2013)