Toddler suffering from brain swelling undergoes surgery in Taiwan

Toddler suffering from brain swelling undergoes surgery in Taiwan
Tiong (sitting) with doctors of the hospital attending to Solomon.
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SIBU: A five-month-old boy who is suffering from a condition which causes his head to swell has been successfully operated on by doctors at Chung Lung Medical Hospital in Taiwan.

The operation was needed so that Solomon Franky could live a normal life.

Solomon was born with hydrocephalus - a condition which leads to the swelling of the brain due to fluid retention - and an occipital tumour.

He is also suffering from breathing difficulties.

Solomon's father, Franky Anong, 35, when contacted on Sunday, said the operation was done on Tuesday.

The boy was accompanied by him and his wife Tiong Wen Fen, 27.

He said they had arrived in Taiwan on May 17.

"Solomon is still in the Intensive Care Unit of the hospital as he is very weak after the operation. Doctors are giving him round-the-clock care," Franky said.

He added that the fluid had been successfully drained from Solomon's brain.

Franky, however, said the boy's blood pressure is very high and that doctors are continuing to monitor his condition.

"In two weeks' time, doctors will decide if a second operation is necessary. If there are still fluids, Solomon may have to go for another surgery. But so far everything is fine," he said.

The boy's operation in Taiwan was made possible after Malaysia Charity Group Sibu Chapter, a Kuala Lumpur-based organisation, and the Lions Club of Sibu Mandarin  managed to raise RM400,000 (S$129,490) for the family.

Of the amount, RM250,000 was for the operation while another RM150,000 was for the family's expenses during their two-month stay in Taiwan.

Franky does not hold a permanent job while Tiong quit her job as a sales promoter to take care of the boy.

The couple has four more children aged three, six, 11 and 13.

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