Study Shows Prenatal Surgery for Spina Bifida Effective

CTV National News reports a long-awaited study has revealed a delicate form of surgery performed while a baby is still in the womb could vastly change the outcomes for children born with spina bifida. The study found spina bifida surgery performed in the womb greatly improves the chances a child will one day be able to walk independently, but it also found the infants who underwent the prenatal surgery were much more likely to be born premature, putting them at increased risk for breathing difficulties.

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