Sumary of Doctors operate to save baby her from spina bifida before she was even born:
- For this blue-eyed baby girl, cradled happily in her mother’s arms, is an astonishing testament to the powers of modern medicine as one of just a few dozen babies worldwide to have undergone pioneering spinal surgery – while still in the womb..
- Part of the tube fails to close properly, leading to nerve damage that can cause paralysis in the legs, incontinence and, in some cases, brain damage..
- Professor Stephen Powis, medical director of NHS England, has described the operation as trailblazing and ‘just one example of the NHS leading innovative treatments across the world’..
- The operation would take place five days later at University Hospitals Leuven, in Belgium, funded by the NHS and led by the world-renowned foetal surgeon Professor Jan Deprest with a team of NHS and Belgian doctors….