In Utero Surgery Successfully Repairs Common Birth Defect

A spina bifida birth defect in an almost 23-week-old baby was successfully performed in the womb by a team of specialists at the Cleveland Clinic in February and the healthy baby girl was delivered nearly full term by C-section June 3.

If the lesion that causes spina bifida is not repaired, the baby will have spinal cord issues, may not be able to walk or run, will have trouble eliminating waste, and may have brain damage.

“By successfully repairing the defect before birth, we’re allowing this child to have the best possible outcome and significantly improve her quality of life,” said Dr. Darrell Cass, who led the team of specialists performing this surgery. Though the fetal surgery didn’t completely cure the baby of the condition, it definitely improved her life even before her birth.

The surgery once again proves the pro-life argument that babies in the womb are living, breathing humans who need our loving care. We pray that incidents like this will help those who support “reproductive rights” to reconsider aborting any babies that have birth defects.

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