Rooting for Roona – Curley Street

Roona is a one and a half year old girl born in a tiny village in the state of Tripura, a neglected corner of eastern India. She suffers from Hydrocephalus, a birth defect caused by a build-up of fluid in the brain leading to massive swelling of the head.
Her parents Abdul and Fatema lead a hand-to-mouth existence and struggle to take care of their daughter. Abdul is an illiterate laborer earning 150 rupees a day (less than US$ 3). Their trips to the local government hospitals were in vain as these were poorly equipped to treat Roona. Abdul and Fatema could not afford any better. After being told by doctors here that there was nothing that could be done for Roona they had almost given up hope.


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