A pair of twin boys’ lives are in danger after a rare condition has caused their heads to swell to twice their usual size. The Chinese toddlers’ mother has deserted the two-year-olds because she couldn’t cope with the stress their illness brought to her.
Speaking to MailOnline, the twins’ father, Jiang Laicai, said he was determined to overcome hardship and get his sons treated.
The babies suffer from hydrocephalus – a build-up of fluid inside their skulls which can be deadly.
Jiang Jingzhi and Jiang Zhihui were born in June, 2015, in Yulin, southern China’s Guangxi Province.
The twins were born prematurely at 33 weeks and were diagnosed with various diseases at birth, including purulent meningitis and neonatal sepsis, according to their father. .
Shortly after their birth, both of the babies suffered from hydrocephalus and their heads kept growing.
In order to treat the disease, Jingzhi and Zhihui’s parents spent around 70,000 yuan (£8,000) in the space of two weeks.
As the boys’ heads kept ballooning, their mother couldn’t cope with the stress of life anymore.
She left the twins as well as Mr Jiang and moved back to live with her mother.
The father, who was a construction worker, is now doing any menial jobs he can find to support his family.