A mother whose baby is suffering from hydrocephalus has reportedly been turned away by the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital due to a shortage of beds at the facility.
The woman said she observed an abnormal swelling in the head of her under one-year-old daughter following her birth and decided to take her to the Nsawam Government Hospital.
However, she was given a transfer letter to send her child to the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital for treatment.
Speaking in an interview with UTV, she said she was asked to provide a sum of GHc5,000 before her daughter can be admitted at the Hospital and operated on.
According to her, she used every means possible to raise the money in a bid to get her suffering daughter treated.
To her disappointment, though, her hydrocephalus baby was rejected by the Hospital, who said there were not enough beds to admit the sick child.
Narrating her ordeal, the woman said her sick daughter has been denied admission at the Korle-Bu teaching Hospital on three occasions, as the baby’s condition continues to worsen.
Reports by UTV indicates that several attempts to reach the Hospital’s authority to respond have proved futile.
Hydrocephalus is a condition that occurs when fluid builds up in the skull and causes the brain to swell. The name means “water on the brain.”
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Brain damage can occur as a result of the fluid buildup. This can lead to developmental, physical, and intellectual impairments. It requires treatment to prevent serious complications.
Hydrocephalus mainly occurs in children and adults over 60, but younger adults can get it too. The National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS) estimates that 1 to 2 of every 1,000 babies are born with hydrocephalus.
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