COMM: Roona Begum, the Indian toddler whose story shocked the world, is finally said to
return home. The 22-month-old suffers from an extreme case of hydrocephalus, which caused
her head to swell to 94 centimetres – 3 times its normal size. COMM: After 105 days in hospital, doctors at the Fortis Memorial Research Institute
in New Delhi have reduced the size of her head to a manageable 58 centimetres. Doctor: I think all of you had seen Roona when she had come at the time. She was grossly
under fit, malnutrition was there, she was having infections, she was having chest infections.
Her head size was enormous. So after this, the head size – it was initially 94 centimetres come down to 58 centimetres,
which is quite a manageable size. COMM: Roona’s parents, Fatima and Abdul, are delighted they can finally return to their
home village of Tripura, in Northern India. Abdul: After the treatment from the doctors here we can see a lot of improvement in Roona.
She had no hair before, now we can even start seeing hair on her head. We are so happy. We have been here a long time, we will always remember and respect the people here. The
nurses have loved and cared for us. COMM: Roona will be required to return to the hospital for further treatment in the
future, but her condition will continued to be monitored by her doting parents. While Roona’s recovery is far from complete, the young family can now look forward to the
future with renewed hope.