Simpson underwent the procedure at 24 weeks.
A woman in the UK claims to have undergone a so-called fetal recovery surgery after learning her baby's diagnosis of spina bifida, a birth defect that affects the spine.
Bethan Simpson, of Malden, Essex, was informed that her unborn daughter Eloise had spina bifida in December. At that time, Simpson said she was given three options: "an ongoing pregnancy by [the] pregnancy or a new option called fetal surgery ̵
1; fixing her before she was born," she wrote on Facebook.
The 26-year-old mother chose the third option to make her "one of the few" women in the UK to go through the procedure to correct the defect, according to the BBC. Simpson told Facebook that she was the fourth woman in the country to be in the surgery.
Spina bifida occurs when the spinal cord and the spinal cord do not form properly, according to Mayo's clinic. the broader category of neural tube defects. The neural tube is the embryonic structure that ultimately develops in the brain and spinal cord of the baby and the tissues that close them, "explains Mayo Clinic.
But when a part of the neural tube does not develop or close properly, it causes "defects in the spine and in the bones of the spine."
There are different types of illness and its severity varies. In the United States, in particular, spina bifida occurs between about 1,500 and 2,000 babies of approximately 4 million births each year, according to the National Organization for Rare Diseases. For Simpson, after she and Eloise have been approved for innovative surgery – a process described by Simpson as a "roller coaster," doctors spent about four hours correcting the baby's defect and opening the womb of Simpson to reveal the bottom of Eloise.
"We were successful, her lesion was small and she broke a surgery you would not believe," Simpson said, who was 24 weeks later during the surgery. on Facebook
"I'm brittle and inflamed, but as long as I do well, that's all we care about," she continued, adding: "They took her out of my womb and pulled her back to stay there as long as it can. "[1 9659007] Dominique Thompson, the neurosurgeon who runs the surgery, told the department that the procedure was" not light ", but noted that previous studies have shown that" the prospect can be much better with the surgery at an early stage. "
According to the Philadelphia Children's Hospital," spinal bifida embryo surgery is significant o reduces the need to divert fluid from the brain, improves mobility, and improves the chances of a child being able to walk alone. "
Simpson believes his daughter, expected in April, to be a" specialty " that my baby hits me from day to day, it's never changed, it's special, it's part of history, and our daughter has shown how much she deserves this life, "she writes.