Baby with brain outside his head dies

2012-07-30 15:37

Johannesburg - A doctor says a baby born with his brain outside his head has died after being alive for three weeks.

A doctor on duty when the baby died said on Monday that Sibusiso Mokoena's condition, known as anencephaly, was the cause of his death.

Dr Ntumda Mutondo told The Associated Press that she performed CPR on the infant, but couldn't revive him. Mutondo said the infant died on Wednesday.

Sibusiso, known as Baby Mokoena, was born on July 4.

Babies born with anencephaly do not usually survive long. Doctors say some of the main causes of the condition are vitamin and folic acid deficiencies during pregnancy.

  • shirley.steenkamp - 2012-07-30 16:12

    R.I.P little one,your suffering has ended.

  • manu.dibango.96 - 2012-07-30 16:29

    This is one of those cases that is truly sad. One has to feel for the parents. You bring life into the world and that life is wrapped in so much suffering that you are torn between love and seeing an end to the suffering. It's difficult to imagine the pain that the parents have gone through and will go through. Terrible.

  • veritas.odium.paret - 2012-07-30 16:31

    My condolences to the family for their tragedy. ...and a word of advice for the weak of heart to not google \anencephaly\, the images aren't pretty...

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