Baby Born With Huge Horn On His Head Leaves Doctors Flummoxed
Doctors in Manilla, Philippines were shocked to discover a “horn” growing out of a seven-week baby’s head when he was born.
Nhel Jhon Prado was born in January with a rare birth defect which caused an egg-sized swelling to protrude from his head.
Doctors diagnosed encephalocele, which had gone undetected during his mum’s regular antenatal.
Parents 20-year-old Angel Puerto and 20-year-old Ronel Prado took Nhel back home but he needs round-the-clock care including redressing the tender lump which has continued to grow.
The family are now waiting for a life-saving operation to remove the birth defect but they cannot afford the cost of the surgery at Pasig General Hospital.
“The doctors used ultrasound tests but didn’t notice anything wrong with Nhel while I was pregnant,” Angel said.
“When he was born they said that my baby is lucky that the brain was not affected or damaged by the lumps.
“We have never seen a baby like this before, so we try to look at it like a blessing. Like he is a special little unicorn baby.
“We still don’t know yet how to pay the medical bills. We just have to figure that out once the operation is done, but for now, our priority is to get him the surgery.”
Encephalocele is a sac-like protrusion or projection of the brain and the membranes that cover it through an opening in the skull.
It occurs when the neural tube does not close completely during pregnancy, resulting in an opening in the skull.
The exact cause of the condition is not known.