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Study: a risky surgery may help Spina Bifida

A new study shows a risky surgery while babies are in the womb can lead to a better life for children with Spina Bifida.

February 10, 2011 12:00:00 AM PST
A new study shows a risky surgery can lead to a better life for children with Spina Bifida.

The lead researcher is calling it the first hope for Spina Bifida fetuses. The surgery closes a hole in the spine of a fetus while still in the womb.

The procedure stops the leaking spinal fluid which leads to brain damage, and secures the spinal cord sparing the unborn child from possible paralysis.

The government funded study found that babies that had the operation in the womb were more likely to walk without help, and less likely to need a tube to drain fluid buildup on the brain.