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Fetal Surgery

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Fetal Surgery

Fetal Surgery

Fetal Surgery

Only Available in Archive Formats.

Jane Allen was 18 weeks pregnant when she got the news that her baby had Spina Bifida. This congenital defect results in a tiny hole in the spine which can lead to paralysis and even brain damage. Jane Allen chose to undergo a new, experimental procedure to try to correct her baby's defect before birth. NPR's Vicky Que takes us into the operating room to tell us about this new fetal surgery and how it's forcing parents to make some very difficult decisions. (12:30)
Spina Bifida Assoc. of America
Fetal Diagnosis, Children's Hospital of Phil.
Fetal Diagnosis Therapy Vanderbilt University Medical Center
Federal Folic Acid Campaign