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In April 2013, a photographer named Arindam Deywas wandered into a village in Tripura, a hilly state in northeast India.
There, Deywas was shocked to discover Roona Begum, an 18-month-old baby girl whose head was three times its normal size. Deeply impacted by this poor child, Deywas got to know Roona and her parents and took intimate photos of the family.
Roona was born with hydrocephalus, a potentially fatal illness that results in a build-up of water on the brain. Among many things, Roona was unable to sit upright or crawl. When she was born, local doctors told her parents to take her to a private hospital, but Roona’s 18-year-old father was a poor, illiterate day laborer.
He simply could not afford the medical treatment his daughter so desperately needed. Day in and day out, he constantly prayed for a miracle.
Deywas shared his incredible photos of Roona with publications around the world. Roona and her parents never expected what came next…
Roona Begum was born with hydrocephalus, a potentially fatal illness that results in a build-up of water on the brain.
In April 2013, Roona was discovered in a village in Tripura, India by photographer Arindam Dey. He was stunned and touched by Roona, whose condition had caused her head to swell three times its normal size and made it impossible for her to live life as a normal 18-month-old child.