- Alive correspondent 07-01-2017
A young boy from India has undergone successful surgery to correct a condition which saw him possess the world's largest head.
Mrityunjay Das, who is just seven months old and suffers from hydrocephalus, was relieved of nearly four litres of fluid, which inflated his face to the size of a watermelon.
Doctors have successfully operated on a seven-month-old boy whose family were shunned after he was diagnosed with what is thought to be the world's largest head.
Little Mrityunjay's neighbours dubbed him 'ghost baby' and 'giant head' after his skull swelled to a staggering 96cm.
As a result, the diameter of the youngster's head has been reduced by 26 cm - from 96cm to 70cm - over six weeks of treatment.
Dr Dilip Parida, superintendent of the AIIMS hospital at Bhuwaneshwar, said: "The child was admitted on November 20 with the head containing almost 5.5 liters of fluid.
'Until now we have removed 3.7 liters of fluid by external ventricular drainage. Subsequently, we have placed a stunt inside baby head which is working perfectly.
'The cognitive functions of the child have improved a lot, he is stable and has responded well to the treatment.'
Father, Kamalesh, 35, works as a daily wage worker in Kolkata and his wife, Kavita, 30, is a stay-at-home mum.