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10 February 2011

Foetal surgery for kids with spina bifida

A landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the foetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida.

A landmark study shows that an operation to fix a hole in the spine while the foetus is still in the womb leads to better outcomes for children with spina bifida.

Doctors started experimenting with foetal surgery for spina bifida in the mid-1990s, cutting into the mother's abdomen and uterus to close the gap in the spine. It even became part of the abortion debate when a photo of a tiny hand poking out of a womb during surgery was published.

 
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