A new family in Essex received wonderful news when they were told their baby, who had undergone spinal surgery in utero, would now finally be able to leave the hospital and go home.
Baby Elouise Simpson was diagnosed with spina bifida at her mother's 20-week ultrasound. Doctors advised the baby's mother, Bethan Simpson, 26, that she could leave Elouise as is, terminate the pregnancy, or opt for fetal repair surgery. She and her husband Kieron decided the surgery was their best option, even though it has only been done on a few women in the UK.
For those that haven't heard the term, spina bifida is a condition in which the spinal cord and spinal column don't fuse as they should during pregnancy. According to the BBC, "babies born with the condition can become paralyzed, suffer bladder and bowel problems- and it can affect brain development". After hearing this, the Simpsons felt that surgery was the way to go to give their baby even a chance at normalcy.
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