Tragically Nick Cannon announced today that his 5-month-old soon Zen has passed away. Nick and Zen’s mom Alyssa Scott are mourning his loss.
What is hydrocephalus?
According to the NIH, Hydrocephalus is an abnormal buildup of fluid in the ventricles (cavities) deep within the brain. This excess fluid causes the ventricles to widen, putting pressure on the brain’s tissues.
Cerebrospinal fluid (CSF) is the clear, colorless fluid that protects and cushions the brain and spine. Normally, cerebrospinal fluid flows through the ventricles and bathes the brain and spinal cord before being reabsorbed into the bloodstream.
The body typically produces enough CSF each day and absorbs the same amount. However, when the normal flow or absorption of CSF is blocked it can result in a buildup of CSF. The pressure from too much CSF can keep the brain from functioning properly and cause brain damage and even death.
The condition is said to be rare with fewer than 200,000 US cases per year.
Nick took the opportunity to let everyone know about Zen on his show today. Remembering back to the summer after Zen was 2 months old that his baby’s head was large and his breathing seemed different.
He explained that he took Zen to the doctor thinking he had a sinus problem, but it turned out to be hydrocephalus and he was found to have a tumor.
Baby Zen had to undergo surgery to have a shunt put in place to try to drain the fluid off his brain.
Unfortunately, around Thanksgiving things turned for the worse and Zen started deteriorating.
Nick said this past Sunday he held his son for the last time.