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26 May 2019

WATCH: Doctors operate on spine of baby in womb

In a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb.

In a UK first, doctors have used keyhole surgery to repair the spine of a baby with spina bifida while it was still inside the womb. Spina bifida is a neural tube defect disorder involving incomplete development of the brain, spinal cord and/or their protective coverings) caused by the failure of the foetus' spine to close properly during the first month of pregnancy. Normally, surgery takes place after the baby is born.

Image credit: Reuters

 
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