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Doctors to operate on boy with swollen head

A two-year-old Russian boy has qualified for an operation to save his life after months of living with a head that has swollen to four times its normal size.

Eugene Sevostyanov has been living with hydrocephalus since he was born prematurely two years ago, but the symptoms have dramatically worsened over the past year, reported Russian news website Life News.

Hydrocephalus, commonly known as 'water on the brain,' is a condition which causes an abnormal accumulation of fluid in the brain cavities, sometimes causing the head to enlarge.

Russian doctors had told Eugene's parents that he would not live past five years old unless he had an operation to treat the hydrocephalus, which in his case is so severe that his head has a circumference of one metre.

Dr Saeed Kohan, neurosurgeon at Sydney's St George Private Hospital, said it was "extremely rare" for a child to have a head circumference of that size.

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