A woman in the United Kingdom says she has experienced what is known as the baby's baby surgery after learning her baby's diagnosis of spina bifida, a birth defect affects the spine.
Bethan Simpson, of Maldon, Essex, has indicated that his unborn child Eloise had spina bifida in December. At that time, Simpson said he had three choices: "continued pregnancy, ending [the] pregnancy or a new option called janet surgery – fixing her before she was born," she wrote on Facebook.
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The 26-year-old mother-to-chose was the third choice – making her "one of the few" women in the UK to undergo the procedure to correct the defect, according to the BBC. Simpson said on Facebook that he is the fourth woman in the country to undergo surgery.
Spina bifida "occurs when the spine and spinal cord are not properly formed," according to Mayo Clinic
the wider category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that ultimately develops the baby's spinal cord and spinal cord and the tissues contained in them, "explained Mayo Clinic.
But when a portion of the neural tube does not form or closely related, causes "spinal cord defects and spine bones."
There are different types of conditions and their severity varies. In the United States, in particular, the spina bifida occurs between approximately 1,500 and 2,000 babies in nearly 4 million births per year, according to National Organization for Rare Disorders.
For Simpson, after he and Eloise have been approved for leadership A Simpson's process is described as a "roller coaster" – doctors spent about four hours correcting the baby's defect. They opened the Simpson's womb to expose Eloise's bottom. The BBC reported.
"We are a success, his wounds are small and he cuts off the operation you do not want to believe," Simpson, who was 24 weeks in operation, later wrote on Facebook.
"I am fragile and silly but as long as he does fine everything we care about," he continued, adding, "They removed him from my womb and broke his straight back to stay there until he can. "[1 9659007] Dominic Thompson, a neurosurgeon who led the operation, said the procedure was" not a cure, "but noted that previous trials have said that" may be better in surgery early. "
In fact According to Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, "fetal surgery for spina bifida greatly reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility and improves chances that a child can walk independently. "
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Simpson considers his daughter, who deserves April, to be "very special."
"I feel like our baby left me every day, it did not change, he's very special, he's part of history and our daughter shows how much he deserves life this, "she wrote.