March 1, 2019

Miracle Medicine: Inter-uterine surgery for spina bifida

By Karl Oestreich

ABC News

What you're witnessing is a modern medical miracle. And Hadleigh Miller is well. Four years ago Jenny Andrew Miller received a stunning diagnosis. Who is in ABC News logotears and anxious had spine of if it and I just remember being like a have no idea what's kind of it. But at that time the doctors at the Mayo Clinic had begun performing revolutionary.

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Context: Spina bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't form properly. It falls under the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that eventually develops into the baby's brain and spinal cord and the tissues that enclose them. Nerve function in babies with spina bifida can worsen after birth if it's not treated. Prenatal surgery for spina bifida (fetal surgery) takes place before the 26th week of pregnancy. Surgeons expose a pregnant mother's uterus surgically, open the uterus and repair the baby's spinal cord.

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