The story of Roona Begum
Roona Begum, who was born with hydrocephalus, a condition that results in a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid on the brain, was found in a village in Tripura by Agartala-based photographer Arindam Dey back in april 2013. Roona’s condition had caused her head to swell to a circumference of 94 cm (37 inches), putting pressure on her brain and making it impossible for her to sit upright or crawl.
When Roona was born, local doctors told her parents to take her to a private hospital in a big city but the costs were too high for her 18-year-old father, Abdul Rahman, an illiterate labourer who earns Rs. 150 a day. In an interview Rahman said he had prayed constantly for a “miracle” to save his little girl.
Since the photographs were shared in worldwide newspapers, they didn’t have to wait long for the miracle to come. The pictures of Roona prompted an outpouring of support around the world with prospective donors contacting AFP and other news organizations, enquiring how they could contribute to a fund for her and her family’s welfare.
Two Norwegian college students, saw Roona’s photographs and started an online campaign that raised $62,000 to help her family.
Today, eight surgeries later the money is well spent on her surgeries, and Roona is in a much better condition than she was three years ago. Hear head now has a circumference of 56 cm, (22 inches), she is able to hold hear head up alone, she can see and even say a few words. But the family is still poor and can’t afford to aftercare and follow-ups for Roona. Therefor we have started a new fundraiser for Roona, to be able to help her when needed. Want to be a part of the miracle?