Spina Bifida is a birth defect that occurs when the spine and spinal cord don't properly form while in utero.
Doctors at the Cleveland Clinic Fetal Center were recently successful at performing spina bifida surgery on a 23-week-old fetus while the baby was still in the womb. Spina bifida can cause brain damage and affect a child's ability to walk and go to the bathroom, and surgery is usually performed after birth. But thanks to advances in medicine, fetal surgery can now repair the defect before a baby is born.
After undergoing the operation in February, the baby was born on June 3, and both mom and baby are doing well! These doctors are doing some incredible work-- bravo!